Google Pixel 2 might drop the headphone jack

Who would’ve predicted that the life of the 3.5mm headphone jack would become a hot topic by 2016 and would continue till 2017. When Apple ditched the jack there has been an ongoing debate for and against the move. Apple certainly wasn’t the first company to do so but it was the first company rumoured to do so. Which is why LeEco and Moto decided to get on the train before the engine is attached. Now it seems Google Pixel 2 might drop the headphone jack too. Continue reading “Google Pixel 2 might drop the headphone jack”

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USB-IF USB audio device class 3.0 specs promise the end of 3.5mm port

Apple said it took ‘courage’ to eliminate the 3.5mm audio port from the latest iPhone 7. While that’s clearly not true, whether you like it or not, the industry is likely to follow Apple’s footsteps and the latest update from USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) ensures the end of jurassic 3.5mm audio ports from your gadgets.

The natural progression of technology is slowly killing the iconic jack and moving towards making the USB port more accessible. To make that happen, USB Implementers Forum recently published its Audio Device Class 3.0 specification, which will provide device makers the solution they need to get audio over USB Type-C port. Continue reading “USB-IF USB audio device class 3.0 specs promise the end of 3.5mm port”

Rumour : Samsung looking to replace the headphone jack, to give Apple a taste of it’s own medicine

Apple finally forced everyone to consider wireless headphones last week, after officially announcing the new iPhone 7 will not feature the 3.5mm port for wired devices. After that announcement, some consumers predictably kicked up a fuss about having to choose between an easily lost adapter and shelling out cold cash for a wireless alternative.

But it now appears as if rival Samsung will follow the Cupertino company’s self-described courageous lead.

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Why removal of headphone jack in the iPhone 7 is not “courage” but “greed”

There’s a growing trend among smartphone manufacturers to do away with the 3.5mm audio jack that has long been the standard connector for a huge range of audio equipment over the past century. Motorola’s new Moto Z doesn’t feature a 3.5mm audio connector, neither does LeEco’s latest range of smartphones, and Apple has finally done away with the socket this year too. Of course, when Apple did it, it created a much more angry reaction from fans and haters alike than when Moto or LeEco did it.

In fact I had something to say about the removal of headphone jack on the Moto Z and LeEco. And while I still believe that, I am seeing a trend now and all these big names are writing about how Apple did the right thing, how headphone jacks are a 100 year old technology and they should go.

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