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The Fairphone 4 can now run Ubuntu Touch

The Fairphone 4 now supports Ubuntu Touch. (Image via Fairphone and UBPorts w/ edits)
The Fairphone 4 now supports Ubuntu Touch. (Image via Fairphone and UBPorts w/ edits)
The mid-range smartphone, which made a name for its high level of repairability, is the first Android 11 handset to run the open-source operating System.

The latest version of UBPorts' installer welcomes a new member to the Ubuntu Touch family of handsets.

The Fairpohone 4 now supports Ubuntu Touch. The smartphone, which is known for its high level of repairability, can install the operating system using the latest version of UBPorts' installer. (UBPorts is the team that picked up maintenance and development of Ubuntu Touch after Canonical dropped the project.)

This update makes the Fairphone 4 the first smartphone running Android 11 that supports Ubuntu Touch.

The Fairphone 4 is a solid mind-ranger with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 750G SoC, up to 8 GB of RAM, and up to 256 GB of storage. The main draw, however, is its spectacular hardware support; the Fairphone 4's design allows users to open it up and replace any of the parts inside. Fairphone sells spare parts directly to consumers and makes repair manuals and guides available.

Ubuntu Touch is essentially a mobile-centric version of the popular Ubuntu Desktop, which is one of the most widely used versions of Linux. While mobile versions of Linux have failed to catch on with mainstream users (with the exception of Android), they remain popular among hobbyists and enthusiasts. Ubuntu Touch has robust support from UBPorts and can now be installed on over 80 devices.

You can download the installer here.

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Sam Medley, 2022-08-17 (Update: 2022-08-17)