A new software update is available for Fairphone 4 users.
Software Version: FP4.FP40.A.142.20220628
Security Patch Level: 5th of June, 2022
List of changes:
Camera tuning update
The network compatibility for several carriers has been enhanced.
The update size is 535.06 MB for those who update from the latest software version.
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 4 users may receive this update later. Once the update is available you’ll receive a push notification to automatically update.
As you certainly know, the security patches released monthly together with the Security Bulletin by Android are not the same every month; actually, because of their nature, they can be very different and touch totally different components.
As a result of this, sometimes the building mechanism is able to calculate a delta between the previously released package, sometimes not.
So, in essence, the size of security patches can vary largely month by month.
On top of it, we always work “behind the scenes” to improve the network compatibility of our devices on various networks (not only for our direct partners), by enabling certain features or changing the interaction of the device with specific networks when it is needed, and sometimes those changes can eat up quite some space in the update package.
Unfortunately, there is no way to release these improvements in a different manner or for us to reduce the size of the update package.
For what concerns the camera improvements, we are constantly working to improve the user experience and so tuning different aspects of it, for which it would be difficult to list them all (and can also be confusing for really non-technical people).
In this release, specifically, I can tell you that the team has worked hard to improve, above everything, the white balance and the auto-focus response time.
In any case, we will do our best in the future to provide a more detailed list
I noticed this already! Especially when recording a video, it doesn’t zoom in and out that much anymore. This is great! A side-note, the location information option in the camera settings was toggled off after the update.
Kilo is always 1000 1kB is therefore always 1000 bytes (powers of 10). However, 1KiB (kibibyte) is 1024 (powers of 2). The metric system is kind of a mystery for the Americans, and indeed, some products mix these up and use 1024 as a “kilo” byte.
It also depends on what you measure. Bandwidth is always in bits (because you transmit one bit at a time). Memory (cache/RAM) is usually in powers of 2. And storage usually in powers of 10.
It’s also age-of-source-dependent! KiB is a fairly new unit: before it was invented, kilobyte == 1024 except sometimes when dealing with rotating-rust storage – but even then, some hard drive vendors used 1024, some used 1000, and some used the one and strongly implied they were using the other to make their sizes sound more impressive (yes, this feels like fraud to me too).
And KiB still hasn’t really caught on outside fields filled with pedants like us – elsewhere, KiB means “I thought about this and it means 1024”, K or Kb means “best guess”, and “memory” means “I have no idea what the difference is between RAM, flash, and rotating rust”. (Most people don’t.)
Oh, and Ko means you’re French or Canadian. I don’t know if there’s a KiB-equivalent for that
As for the improvement in camera performance, does this also mean that third-party apps and custom ROMs can now access all cameras and use all resolutions?
That would be really important for all custom ROMs.