Google has partnered with iFixit to improve pixel repairability. The technology emulates Samsung and announces that it will offer spare parts for its smartphones, from Pixel 2 to Pixel 6 Pro. If you have one of these terminals, it means that you can buy the spare parts in iFixit and repair the mobile yourself.
The program will be activated at the end of the year and foresees the sale of batteries, replacement screens, cameras and other components of the pixel. Parts will be sold separately or in iFixit Repair Kitswhich are packages that include the tools needed to disassemble the smartphone.
Google’s repairability program has also considers alliances with external suppliers, who will have access to tools, training, documentation and parts in the near future. Those in Mountain View have confirmed that this initiative will be available in all countries where Pixels are sold.
“Improving repairability is an important way to extend the life and usefulness of the phone,” said Ana Corrales, COO of Google’s Consumer Hardware division.
The tech company said its program will expand to other devices, starting with Chromebooks.
Is it easy to fix a Google Pixel?
Since the Pixel 3a launched in 2019, the company adopted a modular design of your smartphones which allows you to replace certain components. Although itchanging the battery can be easyOthers, like the charging port, are nearly impossible since they’re soldered to the motherboard.
“We rate each new Pixel model on repairability to reduce the effort, tools, parts and materials involved in the repair process.” said Ana Corrales.
Most Google Pixels are rated 6 on Google’s Repairability Index. I fix it. In very specific cases, the process of replacing a component is too complex, since it requires removing the rear window.
Google’s strategy comes at a crucial time for the company and consumers. Climate change is wreaking havoc on the world through the irresponsible consumption of disposable products, such as smartphones.
Steps have already been taken in the European Union to promote the right to repair. In 2021, the Ministry of Consumer Affairs Spain approved to extend the mandatory warranty period and the availability of spare parts. Companies are required to provide 3-year warranties and up to 10-year replacement components.
Added to Google, companies like Samsung or Xiaomi will have to set up similar programs and rethink the design of their products. Although the South Koreans have reached an agreement with iFixit, terminals such as the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra or Galaxy S20 Ultra are almost impossible to repair, because there is a risk of breaking some components.
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