Latest news [11-07-2017] and FAQ - Fairphone 1 KitKat 4.4.4 update

Thanks for the video ! Very interesting :wink:
They fixed issues anyway, and seems to be open and thankful to get advice concerning security.
N26 is “young” but we need to help these kind of initiative to progress :slight_smile:

The FP1 beta section of this forum will be opened soon for everybody to read. There you’ll see everything that’s going on with the kitkat update. :slight_smile:


First of all: thank you Fairphone team. I am using my fairphone happily since minute one and it is still running fine.

The information policy regarding this issue is a bit unfortunate. If there is a date set which cannot be hold, the consequence should not be to fall silent. Regular status updates are important in such a scenario so people know where the train is going.

In general I am looking forward to the 4.4 upgrade.


3 posts were split to a new topic: Fairphone 2 should be more like FP1

The info is all there:

Before posting in a thread called “FAQ” you should really read the answers to those frequently asked questions.

Ok the FAQ has not been updated recently, I give you that, but that’s simply because there is no big new update to announce and the Fairphone team is too small to be able to give someone the task to provide you with regular updates if there aren’t any.

But that’s why the FP1 Beta Section will soon be opened to read, so you’ll be able to see the bleeding edge news.

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Although I’ve got access to the beta section, I’d still love to see an overview of what’s already done and what’s to yet expect.

It’s great to see progress on the individual issues but that doesn’t help me estimate how long it will take. :slight_smile:

Also, there was a newsletter in summer promosing the update for September, and after that there was no message whatsoever via email.


Before posting in a thread called “FAQ” you should really read the answers to those frequently asked questions.

Umm, I failed to state that I meant the situation in September, October, November, where the set release date had passed and no communication took place whatsoever and in the huge forum thread under the announcement people collected snippets of info from various facebook posts and all.

I read the FAQ … But well, the text you posted can be interpreted as “we passed the deadline, so now we will not say anything anymore” … so basically what I said.

Again, it’s totally fine with me that an upgrade takes longer than expected (I work for a small software company as well, so I know the pain) but announcing first and then falling silent for such a long time is bad. If you (as a company) fail to acknowledge that, you refuse to learn from made mistakes.

And another answer here sheds another light on communication. The email announced the upgrade but no email was sent since. Not everyone follows on Twitter, Facebook, Forums, Blog and email.

Well, what’s done is done. I am still looking forward to the upgrade and still like my Fairphone. :slight_smile:


The first post has been updated with the latest news we have at the moment.

There is no change regarding a release date: we still can’t make any promises when a final version is ready to be released… We are working to get a better and lengthier explanation about this to inform all FP1 owners.


Still people, who are only following Fairphone via the newsletter haven’t gotten a message about [quote=“douwe, post:49, topic:23037”]
won’t make any promises when a final version is ready to be released.

The latest they heard was the release date of September 2016.

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Yes, you are right, there is a group of people who only follow Fairphone news with newsletters. I have raised this with the content team and they told me they will see if they can include something about this in the newsletter.

Still, many people who, after reading the newsletter, got curious, have already found their way to the forum, or informed themselves by mailing or calling us, or asking on a social media channel. So we think that this group is very small.

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thanks for the update and may the force be with you!


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Thanks. But what happened to the concept of transparency and open communication? When a blog is posted and a newsletter is sent out stating something, any changes should be followed by communication using same means - regardless of whether the the group is big or small.

Guess who is secretive and are selective about communication? Apple. Not Fairphone. Right?

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May the force be with you!

I know the difficulty of working on a source code you don’t develop yourself… and the difficulty to know when is the end of the tunnel.

All my developer souls are with you!


Very very soon, I hope 2.4 won?t be beta anymore!!!

Follow up of this topic: @jftr Are there any Bluetooth related changes in Kitkat that could improve microphone quality? The microphone of the bluetooth headset transmits voice well with other phones, but not with the FP1 Kola Nut.

Kola Nut is Kitkat (Android 4.4). The merging I am busy with is from Kitkat 4.4.2 to Kitkat 4.4.4. It is unlikely that we get any improvements in that regard :frowning:

Erm, are you sure? I thought Kola Nut was 4.2.

Oh man, two weeks after christmas holidays and I already seem to need a few days off again :wink:

Thanks for correcting me. Of course, Kola Nut is 4.2 and Macadamia is Kitkat.

@Stefan, have you tried the headphones with the alpha release?

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They are @konstl’s. I don’t own bluetooth headphones. :wink: I’ll ask in the beta forum, if someone, who is running alpha Kitkat, has the same headphones.

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