Samsung may be expanding its right to repair program to include watches and headphones. The program was originally launched earlier this year when Samsung partnered with iFixit to help its customers repair damaged smartphones.
A patent filed by the company on November 23 appears to describe a new app that focuses on “self-installation and self-maintenance of smartphones, smartwatches, tablets, and headsets.” As for its actual functions, if the eventual application matches the patent, it will offer “consulting and information services related to self-installation, self-maintenance and self-repair.”
The Samsung app also includes what may be the app logo, if any. The logo consists of a blue square containing a white gear and a blue wrench inside. An image of the logo also includes the words “automatic repair assistant”, which could be the final name of the application.
Currently, Samsung’s repair program covers three devices: Galaxy S20, Galaxy S21, and Galaxy Tab S7 Plus. Customers can purchase official spare parts and repair kits for parts like the screen, back glass, USB port, and battery. Damaged parts can also be returned to the company for recycling.
iFixit is Samsung’s official partner for its right-to-repair program. The company publishes free guides that people can refer to while repairing their devices. He has also advocated for the enactment of right to repair legislation throughout the United States.
The right to reparation as a whole is a subject of constant debate. Several European countries have right to repair legislation, and some US states are trying to implement it. New York legislators recently passed a right to repair bill, but the state governor has yet to sign it into law. If the bill, which would be the first right to remedy law enacted in the United States, is not approved by Governor Hochul by December 31, it will essentially be vetoed.
Source: Samsung via Android Police