Google Explains the Decision to Remove Headphone Jacks on Its Pixel Phone

Earlier last year, Apple received a lot of criticisms after the company removed the 3.5m headphone jack from iPhone 7 although Motorola initiated the practice before that. Google released its next generation Pixel phones earlier last week and the company removed the 3.5mm headphone jack from the Pixel 2 and pixel 2 XL smartphones. As Google mocked Apple earlier last year for the decision, the decision to remove headphone jack from the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL became an instant point of discussion. The company however, recently explained its decision to remove the long used port from its latest smartphones.

Talking about the decision to remove the headphone jack, Google Pixel Community Manager Orrin said on the Support Page, “Moving to the USB-C audio port with Pixel 2 allows us to provide a better audio and digital experience, as we move towards a bezel-less future.”

He also pointed out that the headphone jack of the phone still exists on the smartphone thanks to the USB-C port. “The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack but we have moved to USB-C, a standard that is becoming commonplace in the best phones and laptops of today.”

The decision to remove the headphone jack however, isn’t particularly surprising as more companies are moving towards USB-C port for such needs. In addition to different devices, the company also introduced pair of wireless earbuds during last week’s events with Pixel Buds.

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