Courage: No headphone jacks on the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, new rumor says

Courage: No headphone jacks on the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2, new rumor says
The rumor mill once again churns out a rather important piece of information pertaining to Google's upcoming Pixel phones, the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2

According to a piece of information obtained by 9To5Google's Stephen Hall once again puts the good ol' headphone jack in the sights. As per the latest tip, the next Pixels are once again tipped to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack and rely on Bluetooth and the USB Type-C port for audio playback.

This coincides with many previous rumors we've heard about the device dropping the headphone jack and, to be honest, wouldn't be that surprising to witness. The trend that got pioonered by Motorola but really caused ripples in the industry after Apple released its headphone-less iPhone 7 and 7 Plus is likely here to stay, and it seems that Google will be one of the largest players to join in the coming months.


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137 Comments

1. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

Let's see what excuses will they say at the Google Pixel conferences. "For a bigger battery, for a better tactic engine, for duo camera lens." *sarcastic

2. notfair

Posts: 740; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

for waterproofing obviously... you pleb. jeez

4. skips

Posts: 480; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

not sure whether to take your comment seriously or not.

7. notfair

Posts: 740; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

skips, you need *sarcastic tag at every post?

10. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Sure needs it.

6. maple_mak

Posts: 953; Member since: Dec 18, 2013

I guess Sony still waterproofing while the jack still exists. xD

11. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Sarcasm, brah! Post #2 ain't for real.

17. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

lol. The iPhone 7 without a home button and headphone jack, still had a lower IP rating than the Galaxy S which still had it on the S5, and S7 and Note 7 and now the S8. So nooooo that's not it! lol

12. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

This is what i feared when Apple removed headphone jack. When they again do something ​others follow most of the times even if it doesn't​ provide much benefits.

25. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

It makes sense, because you have to move people forward at some point. Apple just had the "courage" to be the first to start the movement.

28. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

He he lol.

44. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Yea, and moved people back a few steps with a lightning port as the only wired alternative. The pixel phones will at least have USB C, so you can plug your phone/headphones into future devices. #donglegate

45. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Is your title Propaganda Minister?

51. lyndon420

Posts: 6787; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Wireless headphones work on phones (post 2010) even if they have a headphone jack. So...removing options is moving forward?!? That's a new one. Can anyone here explain the benefits of removing the headphone jack without using the old "it gives more room for the battery" or "it helps with water proofing the phone" as excuses?!

54. Lumberjack

Posts: 306; Member since: May 04, 2017

Iphone 7 was the 3rd without the jack.. Moto Z and another phone, Vivo maybe

33. BuffaloSouce unregistered

To bad Apple is the one who followed. Oppo did it about 5 years ago and Moto Z and HTC 10 were the first mainstream branded phone to not include a headphone jack

48. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Oh so now after criticizing Apple for doing it, you want to call out that they didn't do it first? Come on man!

68. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Well, you seem to regard Apple as THE leader in the smartphone sphere, and makes the best decisions for the benefit of their customers. So if that's the case, shouldn't they have put their customers needs first? Like some have said, the ability for smartphones to connect to BT headphones has been around for years, so what was the benefit of limiting options? A thinner device (like we need that)? The opportunity to buy more accessories? Being able to use a dongle that hangs out of the charging port which could damage said port if dropped or snapped off? Where are the benefits? I assume you'll say replacing old technology, right? Except there are many benefits of wired over wireless. Audio quality, no battery concerns, availability from quality manufacturers, and if the connector gets snapped off inside the 3.5mm jack, you'll still be able to charge the device aka the phone should still operate as normal.

75. AxelFoley unregistered

He's not calling out Apple. He's calling you out for being a lying bastard.

98. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Hey noob, before you comment again learn what you're replying to. Out of the S8 single comment I made on this, go find where I criticized Apple

92. poptart574

Posts: 223; Member since: Feb 29, 2016

You are correct. Oppo did it some years ago because their engineers couldnt figure out how to include one with the phone being 4.85mm thick. Vivo released their phone with one included and that one was the thinnest smart phone in the world at 4.75mm thick.

94. AVVA1

Posts: 228; Member since: Aug 01, 2017

You mean U11? because htc10 has a headphone jack.

22. Beijendorf unregistered

Ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack only makes sense. 1) It's an archaic technology, that take up a lot of space in the phone. 2) You can use wired headphones with the USB-C jack. 3) Bluetooth 5 has paved the way for low-energy BT of much higher quality. 4) Making more room in the phone gives the manufacturers more leeway in how they design the internals, and what they can include (for example, bigger batteries).

31. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

1) Just because it is old doesnt mean it is bad. Manufacturer were able to fit everything just fine before Apple ditched it including batteries. 2) If I'm right, Apple doesn't support type C right? (Yeah other manufacturers do thank god) 3) Bluetooth 5 hasn't even rolled out widely yet.

37. Beijendorf unregistered

The 3.5mm analogue jack was one of the limiting factors of modern smartphone design. Removing it was one headache less to deal with for the smartphone manufacturers.

60. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

There isn't a better sounding alternative yet. I say leave it until Bluetooth tech can provide the same level quality as the "old" jack. Bluetooth is the future, yes, but if Bluetooth didn't currently have its drawbacks, there wouldn't be a need for the companies to "decide" it's time to ditch it, the people would abandon it on their own. Why not leave the jack until there is literally no advantage to keeping it? As it stands, it's just a cost cutting thing, no matter how they choose to spin it and present it to the public.

62. Beijendorf unregistered

It's NOT a cost-cutting measure. The 3.5 mm jack is basically free with how cheap it is to manufacture. It's removed for design and functionality purposes. And the USB-C can provide superior audio due to less crosstalk and interference since it's digital.

91. lyndon420

Posts: 6787; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Goodness gracious...guess they better remove the power and volume buttons because they must be getting in the way somehow right?! Dude...use some skepticism when you read stuff like that. Samsung's Note 5 has wireless charging, a headphone jack...heck...they even found a way to jam a removable stylus through the darn thing. Don't allow yourself to be sucked in to all the rhetoric these OEM's spew out at us. We wanted big screens and we got it...they listened. We wanted thinner phones and we got it...they listened again. Most of the features we ended up getting are ones we've been asking for...yay us!! But here we are in 2017...and apparently now the 'in' thing is to take stuff 'out'?! The very first Android phone (HTC Dream - Rogers) didn't have a dedicated headphone jack (they provided proprietary USB style headphones) which I believe was the only thing I hated about that phone. Wireless charging was a big factor when I bought my Nexus 6 as it provided a backup solution to charging if my port were to stop working...and I'm happy I did because my micro USB port sucks on a good day. I'm totally down for the day when we can fully embrace wireless headphones with no need for a dedicated port, but the dangers still loom overhead with current battery technology along with their poor longevity. I suggest these OEM's get the new tech to where it needs to be before removing the old tech that many of us still utilize and depend on.

96. Beijendorf unregistered

What are you even on about, Lyndon420? Yes, you can fit an entire car into a smartphone if you design it as a garage. Guess what, with modern smartphones, the 3.5 mm jack is a massive internal component compared to the other internals. Removing it and switching to USB-C audio is a sensible choice moving forward.

97. lyndon420

Posts: 6787; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Like ted said earlier...put two of those ports on it so you can charge while using wired headphones and I'm good. Make USB-C the new standard for all wired accessories including headphones. I'm not in any rush for a completely wireless world...there is safe and kickass battery technologies being developed, and once those are powering our devices I'll reconsider the benefits of wireless headphones.

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