I Watched the Google Pixel 8 presentation and there where 3 instances when I tought to me, that looks like it’s inspired by Fairphone.
When they showed the “new” colors of their phones, the blue - or bay as they called it - of the Pixel 8 pro really reminded me of the blue FP5, it looks extremely similar in tone, at least on images. I’d like to see a side-by-side comparison.
Then when they introduced their update schedule, they said they “are now the only major company” to offer that long time of support for their phones, i.e. 7 years. At least to me that sounded like they actually recognised and even indirectly referenced fairphones long support, which for the FP5 still tops the pixel 8.
And lastly, they also claimed that the pixel 8’s are more repairable, and that they "partnered up with ifixit’ to make sure, that the user can better fix their device. Though this could be a stunt to cater to the EU going for right to repair, and also this part was practically just a side note. Still, I am curious for future iFixit and JerryRig videos regarding that matter.
Anyway, I got the feeling that Google has Fairphone at least on the radar and that they got some inspirations from them.
What do you think, is Fairphone making an impression, an impact, even with Google? What could it mean for other brands / manufacturers, and for Fairphone?
Fairphone’s unique selling point is still their Fair production, but I think that repairability, sustainability, and long-term support also draws people in. If other manufacturers “invade” that space that’s good for the planet and the consumer, but is it good for the company Fairphone?
Food for thoughts (not literally of course).