Hello Fairphone fans (employee and user),
it’s quite early to discuss about the next generation (fp4), but i think better now the to late .
I hope that the next step is a Fairphone 4 with open hardware interfaces.
As i see at the discussion about the new FP3 and the five year support of the hardware, i think the most limiting factor is the running OS (the android version) for a long time usage of the phone.
How long did the hardware vendor deliver the (binary) blobs and for what OS version did they work?
Driver for open hardware interfaces, once supported from the kernel, most have a lifetime for decades. So then the limited usage is really the hardware and not the OS.
So the benefit is:
- new kernels (with latest security fixes out of the box).
- standardise boot loader (would probably allow multiboot).
- longtime support of the hardware (as long as it could be delivered).
- and probably running standard Linux with phone apps (with hopefully a better touchscreen interface then the old x11 stuff - may be like Sailfish?).
- no phone hardware must be recycled because of insecure or old software!
I think there are many open source developer around waiting to show what is possible on a phone with open interfaces.
I do not know which parts of the phone need blobs, but in lack of information about the blobs i think also the performance and energy behaviour is worse the on a native driver.
Because i have two working FP2 i think i will skip the FP3 an hopefully get a open hardware phone 2023 .
Best wishes gabs