Google Pixel supports Right to Repair bill | Phones

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One of the last Pixel announcements of 2023 was the launch of a Diagnostic App and repair manuals. The company today endorsed a proposed Right to Repair bill in Oregon and published a white paper explaining its position with the Pixel as an example.

Update 3/27: After passing its House and Senate, Oregon’s Right to Repair Act (SB 1596) was signed by the governor today. It will “require manufacturers to make parts, tools, and repair documentation more accessible to consumers and repair shops across Oregon.”

“This is a win for consumers and will help bridge our digital divide and support small businesses across our state.” Governor Tina Kotek

When it passed the Oregon House earlier this month, Google said:

“This inclusive, common sense solution will allow small businesses to offer their customers more options and help Oregon families save money,” said Steven Nickel, Google’s Devices and Services Director of Operations. ”It’s also a show of support for companies investing in making their products more repairable and sustainable.”

Original 1/11: The “Google & Repairability” white paper suggests “core principles” that lawmakers should keep in mind when writing regulations. (Amusingly, there is a reference to Project Ara, Google’s “modular smartphone investigation.”) The top guideline is how “user safety should be a top priority”:

Improper repair can be dangerous—especially if individuals use faulty parts or are unfamiliar with safety critical components, such as lithium ion batteries. Legislation should acknowledge the risks borne by unskilled repairers and allow original equipment…

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