Samsung appears to be engaged on a brand new self-repair app to assist clients trying to repair their very own units. The corporate’s submission on the US Patent and Trademark Workplace for “Self Restore Assistant” features a blue Samsung-style Android app icon that has a gear and a wrench inside it (by way of SamMobile).
Samsung’s utility describes the Self Restore Assistant as a “laptop utility software program for cellphones” for self-repair, self-maintenance, and self-installation of units together with smartphones, good watches, pill computer systems, and earbuds. The Trademark Workplace is at the moment ready to look at the applying.
From the outline, the app may present customers with restore guides and half data on quite a lot of Samsung Galaxy units. This comes after Samsung introduced its collaboration with iFixit earlier this yr, offering the net restore useful resource website with OEM components and restore guides. This system at the moment has a small library of supported merchandise and their components that went dwell in August, together with the Samsung S21, S21 Plus, S21 Extremely, S20, S20 Plus, S20 Extremely, and Tab S7 Plus.
In March, iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens instructed The Verge that his firm is working to enhance Samsung’s restore information and DIY components choices. We reached out once more to see if the collaboration may now embody this app, however Wiens didn’t have something to share in the intervening time.
Whether or not this app is a part of a collaboration with iFixit or not (or if it even sees the sunshine of day), it reveals that tech firms have an growing curiosity in offering clients with assets to restore their units. Hopefully, it’ll coincide with the flexibility to do battery swaps as properly; at the moment, the one Samsung-sanctioned means to do that is to exchange the entire show and battery meeting, whether or not the display is damaged or not. Battery replacements can be vital, particularly since people have observed Samsung’s cellphone batteries have an annoying tendency to outgrow their Galaxy hosts.