Google follows Apple and Samsung, promises to make Pixel parts available to DIY repairers

Google has announced that it will make spare parts available for its Pixel smartphones to help customers who want to do DIY repairs to extend the life of their device.

Parts, such as batteries, replacement screens and cameras, will be available later this year for the Pixel 2 through Pixel 6 Pro, as well as future Pixel models in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and EU countries.

The parts will be offered through repair specialists iFixit and will be offered as standalone parts and repair kits containing both the components and the tool.

The repair kits come with iFixit’s iOpener, an opening tool designed to directly and evenly apply heat to adhesive-sealed housing components, along with replacement pre-cut adhesive for securing and re-waterproofing the Pixel device.

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Google has already released the software needed to calibrate replacement Pixel fingerprint sensors – for free – which is a big step forward. It would be good if companies like Apple made available the software tools used to calibrate the various components of the iPhone.

“If we want to build a sustainable electronics industry, consumers must have the ability to repair products themselves. Google is making repairs more affordable and accessible, even in places without repair shops. We are committed to enabling repairs at a time and place of your choice. your choice,” said iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens.

Google joins Apple and Samsung in pledging customers to make smartphones last longer by providing genuine parts, tools and information to make repairs easier.

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