NEW DELHI: Google and iFixit have come together for a self-repair program. The tech giant has partnered with iFixit and will offer repair kits for its Pixel phone series. The company will be offering repair kits for all the Pixel smartphones it launched in 2017. This means that the Pixel 2 users will also be able to get the self-repair kit.
The company adds that genuine parts will be sold in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and the European Union nations. Recently, Samsung also partnered with iFixit for a self-repair program. The full range of spare parts for common Pixel phone repairs — things like batteries, replacement displays, cameras and more — will be available either individually or in iFixit Fix Kits, which include tools like screwdriver bits and spudgers.
Along with this, iFixit will also offer free step-by-step repair guides for disassembling the smartphone.
However, if users still don’t want to mess up with the smartphone, then they can seek professional help as well. Google reveals that it has also partnered with independent repair providers like uBreakiFix, which has more than 750 locations across the US and Canada supporting in-warranty and out-of-warranty Pixel repairs. The company also offers the same service in Canada, Germany, Japan and the UK.
“We evaluate each new Pixel model on how easy it is to repair so we can reduce the effort, tools, parts and materials involved in the repair process. We also make training, documentation, tools and spare parts available to our authorized repair partners, and we plan on expanding this availability in the future”, the company said.
Apart from smartphones, the company is also working on expanding its self-repair program to other devices. Google recently partnered with companies like Acer and Lenovo to launch the Chromebook repair program, helping schools find information about repairable Chromebooks and develop in-house repair programs. We also introduced Chrome OS Flex, which lets education and enterprise users repurpose old Mac or PC devices to run a version of Chrome OS alongside their Chromebook fleet.