Google partners with iFixit to offer spare parts for Pixel smartphones

Well, it didn’t take long. Google has announced plans to make it easier to fix a broken Pixel smartphone. From the end of the year, you will be able to buy spare parts and tools to repair Pixel 2 and later smartphones on iFixit.

Before you get too excited, owners of Pixel 2 through Pixel 6 Pro devices interested in purchasing “Genuine Google Parts” from iFixit (who else?) should keep in mind that it won’t be possible only from a certain point “later this year”.

Google says things like replacement screens, batteries, and cameras will be sold as individual parts and as parts of kits that include suggested tools, including screwdriver bits and spudgers — a wiring tool used to place wires or components. The parts will be available to customers in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and European Union countries where Pixel smartphones are sold.

The announcement comes about a week after Samsung announced it was also partnering with iFixit on a self-repair program for recent flagship smartphones and tablets.

In some ways, Google’s program goes further, as the company promises to make available spare parts for all smartphones it has released since late 2017including models like the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 that are no longer covered by Google’s software update policy. But, Samsung also produces a much wider range of hardware than Google, so it would probably take a bit more effort to offer spare parts and repair guides across the company’s full range.

That said, it’s good to see more companies jumping on the right-to-repair bandwagon and offering more alternatives for people who want to try their hand at repairing their own hardware, which can often be cheaper. and sometimes faster than sending your broken devices to the manufacturer for repair or taking them to a professional repair shop.

Repair your smartphone!

Google also points out that making official replacement parts available will also help “independent repair professionals” as well as people with a DIY penchant. Google also says it will continue to partner with independent repair service providers, including uBreakiFix, who offer warranty and out-of-warranty repairs for people who don’t want to perform surgery on their own phone.

The folks at iFixit note that repair guides are already available for the Pixel 2, 3, 4 and 5 series smartphones and guides are on the way for the Pixel 5a, 6 and 6 Pro.

In case you were wondering, yes, iFixit is both the official technical partner of Samsung and Google in this endeavor which has been in the making for many years and which is in high demand by “right to repair” supporters. in the whole world.

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