Google Will Offer iFixit Repair Kits for Pixel Phones

A photo of the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro

Google has introduced it is teaming up with iFixit to supply fix-it-kits for the Pixel smartphone.
Photograph, Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo

Google is becoming a member of Samsung in providing components for the Pixel smartphone by way of iFixit. The corporate introduced in a weblog submit that it could make components accessible for the Pixel 2 by way of Pixel 6 Professional later this 12 months.

Contemplating Google has stopped supporting the units with software program updates, the inclusion of the early second-gen {hardware} is fairly spectacular. Future Pixel fashions can even have repairable components. This system is on the market for folk dwelling within the US, UK, Canada, and EU nations the place the Pixel is on the market.

Google plans to supply fix-it-kits for the battery, show, and digicam modules, although the corporate additionally hints at extra repairability down the road. I might think about a few of the less complicated components of the smartphone will develop into swappable, just like the Bluetooth antenna or the USB-C charging port, which Samsung is providing a repair for in its respective kits. The Pixel kits can even embody instruments like screwdriver bits and spudgers, that are stuff you won’t have in your house when you’re not already a nerdy tinkerer.

In the event you’re not into taking aside your smartphone, Google nonetheless encourages you to discover a native licensed skilled who can rapidly and affordably restore your gadget. The corporate has partnered with uBreakiFix within the US and Canada, whereas different areas have their respective restore facilities.

Talking as an individual who has destroyed her Pixel 3 by dropping it in entrance of Marilyn Monroe’s Palm Springs abode, I can say this was lengthy overdue. After I wanted my display repaired, Google had me ship my telephone out to a warehouse in Texas for a couple of weeks. I used a backup telephone throughout that point, which I may solely do as a result of I cowl smartphones and have a library of units. Folks do not have my gadget privilege, and it is relieving to see there is a native possibility when needing a functioning smartphone is a determined scenario.

The gadget business has been collectively shifting towards placing repairability again into the fingers of customers. As I discussed, Samsung has signed on with iFixit to make Galaxy restore kits, and Apple and Microsoft made comparable bulletins earlier this 12 months that not less than characterize progres, Google additionally introduced a Chromebook restore program to assist rescue growing older units nonetheless in use in colleges.

Nevertheless, it appears to be much less about empowering folks and extra about touting every firm’s eco-friendly leanings. In Google’s weblog, there’s a complete part on how this information is “simply one of many a number of steps we’re taking that will help you make extra sustainable selections.”

It’s going to be attention-grabbing to see how the self-repair pattern catches on as soon as the restore kits are reside—and if it interprets to extra customers holding out on gadget upgrades.

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