now how about software updates? —
Following the lead of samsung and Apple, Google is supporting DIY repairs.
iFixit has signed a deal with Google to make Pixel repairs much easier. iFixit.com will sell genuine Google parts individually and in kits later this year. Both companies have published blog posts about the collaboration.
Google says that parts will be offered for the “Pixel 2 through Pixel 6 Pro, as well as future Pixel models, in the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and EU countries where Pixel is available.” iFixit is the leading site for consumers wanting to find parts and instructions on how to fix devices, and soon, it will sell Pixel screens, batteries, cameras, and more. If you don’t want to fix the phone yourself, Google points out that it also has authorized repair deals with uBreakiFix in the US and Canada and “similar partnerships with walk-in support providers in Canada, Germany, Japan and the UK.”
Google’s deal with iFixit comes on the heels of a similar agreement with samsung, which is also planning to offer smartphone parts through the repair site. samsung’s partnership with iFixit starts this summer and only covers the S20, S21, and Tab S7+, though samsung says it wants to expand the program over time. Google’s deal with iFixit covers everything back to the 2017 Pixel 2, which is surprising given that many earlier pixels were made in partnership with Android OEMs like LG or HTC. Apple is also embracing the DIY repair market with its own in-house parts service.
Google says that “improving repairability is an important way to help extend the life and usefulness of your phone.” If that is the company’s goal, we hope to see Google extend the life of Pixel phones by offering longer update timelines. Currently, Pixel phones get just three years of major OS updates, while samsung offers four and Apple offers six.