Google and iFixit teamed up earlier this yr to supply real substitute elements and restore guides for Google Pixel telephones, with the objective of creating self-repairs as straightforward as attainable. Now the promised elements can be found to buy.
iFixit has now began promoting real substitute parts for all Google Pixel telephones for the reason that 2017 Pixel 2, together with screens, batteries, charging ports, adhesives, and rear cameras. The corporate stated in a weblog publish, “you should buy these elements alone or in our complete-solution Repair Kits, which include the whole lot it’s worthwhile to repair your cellphone, from our iOpener to get you inside, to real adhesive to seal the whole lot again up. Both approach, elements come backed by iFixit’s Lifetime Assure (on the whole lot besides batteries, which include a 1-year guarantee).”
The brand new elements can be found alongside the prevailing on-line guides for many kinds of repairs. iFixit and Google are additionally working to make elements and guides accessible quickly after new fashions are launched. The Google Pixel 6a will likely be launched subsequent month, and iFixit says “a full collection of Pixel 6a elements plus a full set of restore guides” will likely be accessible this fall. Extra elements may even be added to the shop for current fashions.
Google’s partnership with iFixit is a part of the bigger shift in the direction of repairability within the tech trade — straightforward and low cost repairs imply fewer smartphones rotting away in landfills, which is significantly better for the planet. Apple’s long-awaited self-repair program launched in Might, however that turned out to be one thing of a catastrophe, with easy display and battery replacements requiring giant rented machines and calls with distant technicians. Samsung and iFixit are engaged on a partnership to supply elements and up to date restore guides, and Valve additionally teamed up with iFixit for Steam Deck repairs.