Google engages after Apple and Samsung on the self-repair of smartphones

Google has announced that it will be making spare parts available for its Pixel smartphones to help customers who want to make repairs to extend the life of their device.

Parts — such as batteries, replacement screens and cameras — will be available for Pixel 2 this year, as well as future Pixel models in France, US, UK, Canada , Australia and other EU countries.

Parts will be offered by iFixit repair specialists and will also be offered as stand-alone parts and repair kits that include both components and tools. Repair kits will come with iFixit’s iOpener, a tool designed to apply heat directly and evenly to case components sealed with adhesive, as well as pre-cut replacement adhesive for securing and resealing the Pixel device.

The question of software also

Google has already made public – for free – the software needed to calibrate Pixel replacement fingerprint sensors, which is a big step forward. It would be good to see companies like Apple make available the software tools used to calibrate the various components present in the iPhone.

“If we want to build a sustainable electronics industry, consumers must have options to repair products themselves. Google is making repair more affordable and accessible, even in places without repair shops. We are committed to enabling repairs where and when you choose,” said Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit.

Google joins Apple and Samsung in committing to customers to make smartphones last longer by offering genuine parts, tools and information to make repairs easier.

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