The iFixit and Google partnership announced in April is now live. iFixit says that genuine Google smartphone parts are now available for sale in the “US, UK, Canada, Australia and European countries where the Pixel is available.”
It looks like iFixit is offering screen, battery and rear camera assemblies for most models of Pixel phones, along with small odds and ends like adhesive and cooling graphite tape. Despite the official partnership with Google, we wouldn’t call the iFixit Pixel Store a comprehensive source of Pixel parts. For the Pixel 6 and 6 Pro—which are currently in production and should have several available parts—you can’t buy replacement glass back panels, charging ports, front cameras, or any fragile cables that you might accidentally rip . Taking the phone apart. Compare that to the official Pixel 6 Pro parts list with only six items on any iPhone part list, which has about 30 parts, and you can see that a lot of items are missing.
iFixit says this is just rolling out, and it will “continue to add a variety of more parts to our catalog” for the Pixel 2 and later. For the Pixel 6a arriving in late July, iFixit is promising a “complete selection” of parts “as soon as possible.”
iFixit says that Google is constantly improving the repair of its devices, although the repair site has never really scored a Pixel 6 or 6 Pro. (iFixit’s last full Pixel teardown was on the Pixel 4 XL in 2019.) iFixit also praised Google’s willingness to make software repair tools available online, such as an easy-to-use OS flashing tool and fingerprint reader calibration for the Pixel 6 Tool. If Google is really concerned about device longevity and reducing e-waste, we’d like to see the company match its competitors when it comes to software support, where Google’s three years of major OS updates Still behind Samsung (four years) and Apple. (five years).