Software update: 8901.4.A.0019.1-gms-edfd6a4e

Hi everyone :sunflower:,

A new software update for Fairphone 3 and 3+ users is now available.

Software Version: 8901.4.A.0019.1-gms-edfd6a4e
Security Patch Level: 5th of December, 2022
Update Size: 44.69 MB

List of changes:

  • Updated some Fairphone pre-installed apps.
  • Fixed a stability issue with the Camera app.
  • Minimum manual display brightness has been increased.
  • The network compatibility for various carriers has been enhanced.

Please note:

Together with our partners, we test the software before its release, and in some instances where a software update might result in some problems for users on a specific network or in a specific country, we prefer to delay the software release for that specific customer base and fix all the potential issues before making the software available to everyone.

That means that depending on your network provider, some Fairphone 3 users may receive this update later. Once the update is available you’ll receive a push notification to automatically update.


On my FP3 with carrier Vodafone Germany I could find it already and it is just installing.

EE UK manually updating as I type, on a PC :slight_smile: though it does call it a Beta release, maybe that’s another download ??

Here it’s called 8901.4.A.0019.1 release-keys

Others, correct me if my memory is wrong, but … wasn’t a lower (darker) minimum display brightness what was asked for by users so far? :thinking: (I seem to remember @Stanzi pushing for that)

On the update in general, it updated fine, just seemingly took a tad bit longer than expected (the part before the obligatory reboot). :slight_smile:


Here as above called 8901.4.A.0019.1 release-keys but whilst downloading and installing it said

Which is all exactly the same on my Beta test FP3 ??

I have a notice that the Beta release is 0019.1 and wasn’t google certified, may it was certified quickly an someone forgot to remove the ‘this is a beta release’ statement ??

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I missed taking a screenshot (regular FP3, not a beta tester), but I definitely noticed my screen listed security patches under “Details and notes”, so it differed from yours. I also think it didn’t link to the forum.

OTHERS, please take a screenshot of the update screen so we can see if @amoun’s is an outlier.

Just to confirm; I do have the 5th Dec security patch

and nothing untoward, so far, all is good

  • Yes this has helped as it was so dark in daylight I could see to increase if it dropped to ‘zero’

  • Front camera still has max of 4Mp

  • Video on back camera has 4K @ 30fps :: ( Slow-mo works ?)

Guys, all is good.

@amoun is one of our beta testers. Their device got the beta build served to it a couple of days ago.
The beta testers will always see different messaging compared to regular users.

The one oddity is the release timeline. I was not aware we were pushing the public build today. So the beta testers really didn’t get a lot of time to test the build. Sorry about that.


When was the beta pushed?

Personally I want to know where to sign up :slight_smile:

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Wednesday evening, by yours truly.

We can always use some extra hands. Please keep an eye on this thread. We might open it up again early next year :slight_smile:


Thanks. So one day for a beta test of a new smartphone firmware, got it. I’ll take my time before installing this one. On the plus side, the number of (now involuntary) beta testers will increase substantially.


can we please have a proper place for all the fairphone official or all related projects and partner enterprises and their releases in a common or proper place and forum? why not post the firmware update posts into the help forums of the affected and matching phone? or why are some firmware update posts by fairphone employees posted on the products subforum, and others here in the industry forum? please pin them and please tag them in the forum. thanks.

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Nooo, the minimal brightness was increased? I was so happy my FP was back to being useable in a very dark environment without any screen dimmer app :frowning:


I will echo the concerns about minimum brightness being increased… Whilst I understand that it can be frustrating when finding the screen brightness is too low to see properly having forgotten to turn up the brightness before going from a dark to a bright place, not being able to manually reduce brightness to a low level in dark places is also frustrating and can make the phone unpleasant to use in some situations.


@Rigol @jdanielp Have you installed today’s update? I am not asking rhetorically. Actually, I wonder if the wording of the change is misleading. And while I have an FP3 here on which I installed the update, I cannot really (because I only ever use that device for testing and not every day) compare to before to find out in which direction the brightness change actually works out.

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This has been an issue for years.

  • Too dark so if using adaptive brighteness In that if the screenbrightness has dropped to a very low level, set manually and even sometimes with adaptive it does not nor cannot be ‘brightened’ in strong daylight as the controls are not visible.

  • A brightness that is uncomfortable in the dark as the lowest setting is not what some people want.

Seems fine with this release but some may not agree.

I’ll check very late, during one of my waking periods. As I reside in the woods there is no external lighting, the moon is only a quarter. I have sensitive eyes that I wear tinted spectacles that also adapt.


Indeed I have not updated yet, mainly because of the mentioned change to the minimum brightness. I want to be able to use my FP in the dark (totally blacked out room with a very dim nightlight) without a screen dimmer app (security reasons, also screenshots don’t really work due to the gray overlay).