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Self-Fix: Google and iFixit partner for Pixel replacement parts


Image: Andy Miller/iFixit

In cooperation with the professionals at iFixit, Google is expanding the options for repairing smartphones with pixels. Later this year, the original spare parts and corresponding tools will be offered through the iFixit website.

The supply of original Google parts and tools from iFixit is aimed on the one hand at repair experts, but on the other hand also directly at technically experienced consumers who want to repair their smartphones themselves.

Spare parts also in Germany

The US, Canada, Australia, EU countries, and the UK are scheduled to launch later this year. at original pixel replacements for the Pixel 2 up to the current Pixel 6 (Pro) (test), as well as future new Pixel smartphones that have not yet been announced. Google talks about a whole range of parts for common repairs, including batteries, screens, cameras, and other components. Google has not yet announced how much these components will cost.

Kits with tools provided

On the one hand, only individual replacement parts are offered that can be installed with your own tools, but so-called iFixit Fix Kits are also offered, which contain tools such as screwdrivers and spatulas.

Other repair options

With the cooperation, Google wants to expand the possibilities of repairing Pixel smartphones. In the US and Canada, smartphones can also be repaired in and out of warranty by providers like uBreakiFix, and similar associations with on-site support exist in Germany, Japan, and Great Britain. basically standing repair options Available in all countries where Pixel phones are officially sold. Google says it makes training, materials, tools and replacement parts available to authorized repair partners and plans to expand in the future.

Apple and Samsung are also planning automatic repair

Google is not the first to offer consumer repairs. Apple plans to start selling parts and tools directly to customers in the US later this year as part of its “self-service repairs.” The program will initially be available for the iPhone 12 and 13, with Mac computers with the M1 chip to follow. Also, at the end of March Samsung announced for the USwill launch a consumer repair program this summer, also in partnership with iFixit. The Galaxy S20 and Galaxy S21, as well as the Galaxy Tab S7+, should start.

Update 04/08/2022 20:15

ComputerBase received information about this article from Google under the NDA. The only requirement was the earliest possible publication date.

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