Google has unveiled the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. These new smartphones both run on Android, both share an aesthetically pleasing design sensibility, and both are missing the 3.5mm headphone jack. That’s right, folks, Google has joined the Apple-led ranks and killed the headphone jack.
We Love You, 3.5mm Headphone Jack!
In the time since Apple launched the iPhone 7, other smartphone manufacturers have removed the headphone jack from their flagship devices. But given how Google mocked Apple over its decision just 12 months ago, I expected the Big G to be the last man standing by refusing to follow the herd. Instead, the Pixel 2 has arrived, and the 3.5mm headphone jack is nowhere to be found.
Google knew that removing the headphone jack would annoy people. So the company won’t have taken this decision lightly. In fact, as product chief Mario Queiroz said after the Pixel event, this is all about maximizing the size of the screen in future hardware iterations. He told TechCrunch:
“The primary reason [for dropping the jack] is establishing a mechanical design path for the future. We want the display to go closer and closer to the edge. Our team said, ‘if we’re going to make the shift, let’s make it sooner, rather than later.’ Last year may have been too early. Now there are more phones on the market.”
This is the very definition of following the herd. Apple broke ranks first, others followed, and now Google feels comfortable enough to jump on board the edge-to-edge express. The problem is not everyone is obsessed with a bezel-less future. Especially those who have spent a fortune buying a decent pair of headphones.
I’d Rather Have Beefy Bezels, Thank You
So, in conclusion, while Apple sat the headphone jack down in the electric chair, it’s Google that has flipped the switch.
Are you interested in buying a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL? If so, what’s the main draw for you? Are you bothered by Google removing the headphone jack? Would you prefer a bezel-less, edge-to-edge display over a headphone jack? Or has Google messed up? The comments are open below.
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