Fairphone is known for its eco-friendly phones, and the latest Fairphone 4 is no different. Now, the repairable phone is coming to the United States, although it won’t be exactly the same phone that launched in other international markets.
The Fairphone 4 is landing in the US in collaboration with Murena, a company that specializes in selling Android smartphones without Google; this means phones that don’t come with the Google Play Store and don’t actually have apps that belong to the Google app ecosystem. and services. This means the Fairphone 4 doesn’t come with Google services or apps in the US, but instead runs a privacy-first fork of Android called /e/OS.
The /e/OS operating system is famous for doing everything it can to provide a usable experience for Android users without Google apps. It comes with microG, an overly stripped-down version of the Google Play Services app that provides just enough core experience so that apps don’t break while avoiding Google as much as possible. With /e/OS, you don’t have access to the Play Store, but you should still be able to download the apps you really need, as microG support means they shouldn’t be broken. It has a built-in store that pulls apps from the Play Store, including Google apps, if you really want to, although it’s technically against Google’s terms and conditions, so you have to use a new account for this instead of your own. standard. Google account. Unless, of course, you want your account to be potentially banned.
The Fairphone 4 is finally available in the United States via Murena. This variant runs a non-Google version of Android and is only recommended for T-Mobile networks.
Still, this could be considered a regression from the Fairphone 4 sold in other countries, since that phone is compatible with Google apps. But it’s great news for those privacy enthusiasts who aren’t big fans of Google apps and services and would rather have a phone that works without them.
Apart from the difference with Google support, this should be the same Fairphone 4 sold outside of the US. It has up to 256GB of storage and 8GB of RAM, a removable 3905mAh battery, and of course, serviceable components. and replaceable, the phone being able to be disassembled with a standard Philips #00 screwdriver and nothing else.
The device starts at $599 for the 6GB/128GB configuration, and if you want to increase storage and RAM, the 8GB/256GB version will cost $679.
Via: The Verge