In a nod to Right to Repair efforts, Google is partnering with iFixit to offer spare parts for its 2017 Pixel smartphones.
Genuine Pixel parts will be in stock for iFixit customers in the US, UK, Canada, Australia and EU countries that sell Pixels “later this year”. Parts will be available for devices as old as the Pixel 2 through 2021’s Pixel 6 Pro, “as well as future Pixel models,” Google said today.
The parts available include “everything you need for the most common Google Pixel repairs – batteries, screens, cameras and more,” iFixit said. The repair tutorial site will sell parts individually and as part of its repair kits which include the parts and tools needed to perform specific repair processes.
“Google is making repair more affordable and accessible, even in places without a repair shop. We’re committed to enabling repairs where and when you choose,” said iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens. . “If we want to build a sustainable electronics industry, consumers must have the ability to repair products themselves.”
Google cites durability as one of its reasons for improving the repairability of handsets, and said it is integrating it into new generations of hardware design. Google also said it was expanding the current repair program for Chromebooks and considering repair options for other devices as well.
Commitments to hardware sustainability may not be Google’s only motivation to join the growing list of companies that say they’re okay with people fixing their own devices. Right to repair laws have gained momentum in various US states, as well as in the UK and Europe, where bills are or have been considered by lawmakers. Several bills are currently being introduced in the US House and Senate, and US government agencies such as the FTC have signaled support for such measures.
Big tech companies have been under pressure from right-to-repair advocates for years, and the timing of announcements from companies like Google, as well as Samsung and Microsoft, both of which have programs similar to those, is unlikely. from Google via iFixit, which is a coincidence.
Apple also announced its own parts plan and repair guide in late 2021, but little is known from when it will start to who will host the parts store. Apple said it would be a third party, but other than the initial announcement, Cupertino has been quiet about the program, which has yet to materialize. ®