Next Google Pixel phones may not feature 3.5mm headset jacks (according to new rumor)


Earlier this month, Rick Osterloh (formerly of Motorola, currently Google's senior vice president of Hardware) confirmed that new Pixel phones should be released sometime in 2017, probably about one year after the original Pixel and Pixel XL (pictured above). 

Rick Osterloh said that the upcoming Pixel phones would remain premium devices, but he didn't share any other details about them. However, recent rumors had it that the smartphones could be water-resistant. Now, another rumor claims that this year's Pixels will ditch a feature that most users love (and yet Apple got rid of it on the iPhone 7 series): the standard 3.5 mm headset jack.

According to 9to5Google, the lack of a standard audio jack on the upcoming Pixel phones is mentioned in an internal Google document (which, unfortunately, can't be publicly shared).

For now, this information cannot be verified with multiple sources, so it's definitely just a rumor. Also, it's likely that Google hasn't finalized its plans regarding the next generation Pixel handsets, so anything can happen in the end.

Would you be sad to see the 3.5mm headset jack being removed from Google's Pixel series?

source: 9to5Google

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27 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah right, just like apple presstitutes kept predicting about the S8...

4. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Because Google has the weight/cache Samsung has.....said no one ever. They are far more likely than Samsung was simply due to who their ODM is (HTC). The last two HTC phones released omitted the jack, and I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if the HTC Ocean/Pixel 2 (all indications point to HTC making that as well) came sans jack. After all, Google gives f**k all about audio, to the point that their phones offer the worst audio you can get in that price range.

5. TheVarnimal

Posts: 45; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

You act as if speakers are a major selling point on any smartphone, after all is said and done, they are just smartphones and you can and should buy a portable bluetooth speaker if you want to listen to music out loud. Otherwise you should have headphones. I never understood why people stressed over audio on smartphones, they are tiny thin devices, you cannot accomplish much in such a thin chassis as far as legitimate sound quality and strength goes.

6. kiko007

Posts: 7493; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

I'm not talking about speaker audio. I'm talking strictly headphone playback: http://m.gsmarena.com/google_pixel_xl-review-1513p7.php "I never understood why people stressed over audio on smartphones, they are tiny thin devices, you cannot accomplish much in such a thin chassis as far as legitimate sound quality and strength goes." Totally agree. Although my opinion may be biased because this guy who walks into Starbucks every morning playing loudass Soulja Boy songs at 8AM pisses me off. Seriously, f**k that guy.....

20. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

That last paragraph made me laugh..

21. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

That last paragraph made me laugh..

22. FlySheikh

Posts: 444; Member since: Oct 02, 2015

That last paragraph made me laugh..

10. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree. I never understood the point of loudness and quality of external speakers. As long as I can make a call on speakerphone I'm happy. The best of external speakers on a smartphone still sounds horrible compared to just pairing it to a $30 Bluetooth speaker dock. Otherwise headphones is the proper use!!!! I hate it (like kiko pointed out) when some self righteous goon walks around blasting squeaky noises that's supposed to be music from his sell phone.

12. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Yup, I too get pissed when my neighbors walk around with their phone, blasting music like everyone wants to hear it.

14. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Like you I'm not too worried about playing music from the external speakers, but what I am concerned about is ringtone/speakerphone level. That's one thing that I have missed on my Pixel coming from my 6p. The 6p's speakers may not be a full sound (they are a bit tinny sounding) but for ringtones and calls over the external speaker(s) that actually what you'd want, a focus on the midrange frequencies because that is where the majority of the human voice is. And the volume level on the 6p's dual speakers setup is noticeably higher than the single speaker setup on the Pixel. The Pixel has a fuller sound, but that's more important for music and video.

17. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

I'm same as you. As long as call quality is good, I'm fine. I'm using headphone all the time, so I could care less about the speaker.

7. Podrick

Posts: 1284; Member since: Aug 19, 2015

Agreed. Won't believe till I see the phone's leaks. They said the same about S8 and didn't happen.

2. therealestmc

Posts: 679; Member since: Jul 23, 2012

I wouldn't be surprised one but if Google went the Apple way.

3. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

I would be sad if it went away on the next Pixel. Not because Google dropped it on their new phone, but because Google is a trend setter, and many more would then be likely to follow suit. Keep the JACK!

8. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Google while designing the Pixel HTC - How do you want the phone to look? Google - Just make it look like the iPhone bruh..!! HTC - Thats easy, done..! But we have to make something different..! Google - Lets put a glass piece at the back..! HTC - Nice idea..!! First words from Google while deciding for Pixel 2. Google - Hey we follow iP-7, and to hell with that 3.5mm jack.

15. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

You must be a dummy! Moto Z was the first phone without 3.5 jack! Apple just copied it!

18. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Not '' first phone'' but '' first smartphone'' also Oppo R5 is the '' first smartphone '' without 3.5mm jack not Moto Z.

23. R-vjn

Posts: 301; Member since: Jan 07, 2013

Hahaha... you crack me up bro. Anyways, nice day..! N otime to explain and argue with you..:)

25. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Fun fact, the Moto Z was actually originally designed by Google ATAP while Google still own Moto It was called the Moduino prototype http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/10/inside-project-ara-googles-revolutionary-modular-phone/

9. LebronJamesFanboy

Posts: 671; Member since: Mar 23, 2013

It would contradict their advertisement, which specifically made fun of Apple by showing the jack was still in place on the pixel. Google, please keep it.

11. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

yeah, everyone will follow to remove 3.5mm jack... smartphones that released at CES and MWC already proofed that.. /s

13. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

You'd have to be stupid...

16. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Why is everybody saying that Google is copying Apple? Motorola was the first to remove the 3.5 jack only followed by Apple. Yes the Moto Z was the first phone.......Motorola previously owned by Google!

24. vincelongman

Posts: 5677; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Fun fact, the Moto Z was actually originally designed by Google ATAP while Google still own Moto It was called the Moduino prototype http://venturebeat.com/2017/01/10/inside-project-ara-googles-revolutionary-modular-phone/

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 7204; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

"Google only cares about profits; death to Google; gSheeps". Or are they dedicated to Apple alone?

27. galaxius

Posts: 82; Member since: Sep 06, 2014

No headphone jack no go!!! Period..!

28. ebilcake

Posts: 1227; Member since: Jul 16, 2016

Yes, it may not feature a headphone jack but again it might because this is just a rumor So what have we learnt? NOTHING!!! That's 2 minutes of my life I'll never get back. lol

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