Google has announced plans to provide self-repair kits for its Pixel smartphones in several countries later this year, the latest manufacturer to answer calls to improve the consumer device industry’s durability benchmarks.
In a statement, the tech giant said it will start selling official parts in partnership with online repair specialist iFixit for its Pixel 2-based devices. complete repair kits including tools.
The service will be available in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and European Union countries where its devices are sold. Google said the parts available will cover common repairs such as batteries, replacement screens and cameras.
Ana Corrales, Google’s COO for consumer hardware, said the move to improve repairability was an “important way to help extend the life and usefulness” of devices, while noting other initiatives to improve the company’s sustainability credentials, including carbon neutral shipping and the use of recycled materials.
The move comes as regulators in a number of markets continue to push consumer hardware makers to improve the green credentials of their products and follows announcements from Apple and Samsung on self-repair programs. similar ones that are expected to be introduced in the United States.
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