Google joins Samsung, Xiaomi and Apple to work with the iFixit company and sell original spare parts.
Starting later this year, original parts for Pixel phones by Google will be available for purchase on the iFixit website.
In select countries for users to fix on their own or with their trusted technicians.
According to Google itself, these parts will be available for Pixel 2 to Pixel 6 Pro , as well as future Pixel models. Batteries, screens, cameras and other parts will be available individually and as part of iFixit tool kits.
More and more companies opt for “self-repair”
Google ‘s announcement comes a day after the European Parliament voted in favor of proposed “Right to Repair” legislation due later in 2022.
Samsung last week announced plans to launch a similar self-service repair program for some Galaxy smartphones, also in partnership with iFixit.
“If we’re going to build a sustainable electronics industry, consumers need to have options to repair products themselves,” said iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens. ” Google is making repair more affordable and accessible, even in places without repair shops. We’re committed to enabling repairs when and where you choose.”
iFixit said it will continue to write its step-by-step repair guides for Pixel smartphones , with guides for the Pixel 5a , 6, and 6 Pro in progress.
In November 2021, Apple also announced that it would launch a self-service repair program in the United States in early 2022 , followed by other countries throughout the year. Apple said the initial phase of the program will focus on the most frequently repaired parts for all iPhone 12 and iPhone 13 models, such as screens, batteries and cameras, and will expand to Macs with M1 chips later in the year. .