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When Google announced that the Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro would benefit from seven years of Android OS updates, it signaled a major improvement in the longevity of Google-powered phones, which have always lagged behind the iPhone.

Now Google is taking the extra step necessary to ensure that devices are not only supported by the latest software for seven years, but that the hardware can withstand these challenges.

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A Google representative told Android Authority It is also planned to sell spare parts for the Pixel 8 series for seven years. Whether it’s a new screen, a new battery, a spare charging port, or more, Google plans to keep some of these parts available.

“The parts will be available for seven years. That’s part of our commitment as we go into seven years (sic) of making our parts available so that you can keep your hardware alive for that long,” Soniya Jobanputra, Google’s director of product management, said in an interview.

Google hasn’t gone further in confirming exactly which parts it will sell. But via official repair partner iFixit multiple options including the rear camera array, display, and battery for the current Pixel 7 Pro.

This is a good move from Google. After all, what’s the point of having seven years of support if you can get an official battery replacement in just three years? This battery will definitely need to be replaced if the user keeps it for more than a few years.

This initiative will open the door for more people to keep their expensive smartphone purchases active for longer. Even if it is a spare phone instead of the main handset or a phone to be transferred to other members of the family. By 2030, Pixel 8 could be like Trigger’s broom.

Considering that governments around the world are rallying around consumers’ right to repair calls and an effort to radically reduce e-waste, this is a solid initiative from Google that’s likely to increase brand loyalty when it comes time to upgrade its Pixel device. Whatever the reason.

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