Like I’ve said this week, it is a good time to be into right-to-repair. Apple appears to be going hard in the space. They just added Europe to its self repair program along with a diagnostic app. Google also released their diagnostic app. Samsung, not to be outdown, decided they needed to bring something to the table.
Today, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Z Flip 5 and Z Fold 5 can be self-repaired through their program. They also said they will be adding seven more products this month. This includes PCs, smartphones, and tablets.
For the uninitiated, this program, like Google and Apple’s, allows users to be able to repair their phones themselves using genuine parts. The program also includes step-by-step guides to assist through the process.
This is giving me further evidence that these moves the past few days weren’t by accident. This seems like a more coordinated effort by these companies to get these programs out there. While they have existed for over a year, putting more up-to-date devices, manuals, and apps seems to be calculated.
I honestly don’t really care, though. As long as it is allowing users to hold on to devices longer and eliminate e-waste, I’m here for it!