In another thread I suggested paid updates for future versions of Android (e.g 5) in case the involved production partners are not willing to supply updates without financial benefits: Paid update to Android 4.4 or 5? - #2 by Stefan. As suggested in this thread I am now asking the question how much you are willing to pay for an update to android 5:
- up to 5€
- up to 10€
- up to 20€
- more than 20€
The idea is based on the simply assumption that Fairphone has a pretty small production base and therefore an update may not be interesting for its producers. On the other hands the fairphone’s user based in largely interested in a sustainable product, which also includes software sustainability.
I am an embedded software engineer. Therefore transfering my knowledge about porting Android is limited. But to give some initial number why the proposal is reasonable, I try to give a simple calculation: Assuming daily costs per engineer of 1000€ (our company here in Germany charges less to our customers) and two engineers working two month (i.e. 4x20 days) on the port, we would end up with 80 000€ for the port. Assuming 10 000 users willing to pay for the update, each of these users would have to pay 8€ for the update. However, I assume my cost estimate to be to high and the price could be much lower. But even with these numbers, are update to Lollipop seems possible for a reasonable per-user price (which is all I wanted to prove). What do you think?