iFixit has signed an agreement with Google to facilitate Pixel repairs. iFixit.com will sell genuine Google parts individually and in kits later this year. Both companies have published blog posts about the collaboration.
Google says parts will be offered for the “Pixel 2 through Pixel 6 Pro, as well as future Pixel models, in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and EU countries where Pixel is available”. iFixit is the leading site for consumers looking to find parts and instructions on how to repair devices, and soon it will sell Pixel screens, batteries, cameras, and more. If you don’t want to repair the phone yourself, Google points out that it also has authorized repair agreements with uBreakiFix in the US and Canada and “similar partnerships with walk-in support providers in Canada. , in Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom.”
Google’s deal with iFixit follows a similar deal with Samsung, which also plans to offer spare parts for smartphones through the repair site. Samsung’s partnership with iFixit begins this summer and only covers the S20, S21 and Tab S7+, although Samsung says it wants to expand the program over time. Google’s deal with iFixit covers everything from the 2017 Pixel 2, which is surprising given that many earlier Pixels were made in partnership with Android manufacturers like LG or HTC. Apple is also embracing the DIY repair market with its own in-house parts service.
Google says “improving repairability is an important way to extend the life and usefulness of your phone.” If that’s the company’s goal, we hope to see Google extend the life of Pixel phones by offering longer update times. Currently, Pixel phones only get three years of major OS updates, while Samsung offers four and Apple offers six.