After Apple and Samsung announced self-repair programs for their best smartphones, Google is moving into action with Pixel phones.
The company, like Samsung, is teaming up with iFixit on a platform that will provide device owners with original parts for Pixel phones, from the Pixel 2 to the Pixel 6 Pro.
Google will also provide users with the knowledge to do so safely, and iFixit will provide both details and guidance to users starting later this year.
Spare parts available will include batteries, scraps, and even cameras, as well as parts like screwdriver bits and spades. Google says the program is aimed at independent retailers and qualified consumers.
Covering so many devices, it’s little more than Samsung’s early plans, which focused on the Galaxy S21 series. Apple is offering self-repair for the iPhone 12 and 13 this year. Best of all, Google is offering this to people in the UK and EU, as well as the US, Canada, and Australia.
The promise of arguably the three most important smartphone companies comes from the context of a regulation that would give users the right to have their devices repaired legally.
Tech companies are also pushing the boundaries of their sustainability goals as they must account for the vast amount of rare earth materials in every smartphone they ship.
“We want you to have a great experience with your Pixel phone, as well as easy access to high-quality, safe device repairs if your phone has ever been damaged,” Google said in a statement. Blog Post.
“When we created the first Pixel phone just five years ago, we made a commitment to designing our hardware products to be sustainable and put our customers first. We still have a lot of work to do, including expanding our repair network and improving the maintainability of our products. We look forward to sharing more as we keep that promise.”