The Death of Headphone Jack is not Good News for Many Users
Google has released its Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL recently. These powerful new smartphones are both running Android 8.0 Oreo and packs with aesthetically design. However, the big difference is that you can't find the 3.5mm headphone jack.
Google is not the first one to remove the headphone jack, Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus without packing with the headphone jack in September 2016. There are only small number of mobile phones rock it without a headphone jack, but the number is growing and now includes the Android flagship devices.
Many users still like the 3.5mm Headphone Jack!
Many users expected the Big G to be the last one to remove the headphone jack. However, the Pixel 2 comes out, and the 3.5mm headphone jack is nowhere to be found. While the product chief Mario Queiroz said: “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.” These words are in respond to removing the headphone jack.
Removing the Headphone Jack is not a Good Idea.
Bluetooth is not So Good Yet Now
Although the Bluetooth audio has improved over the last few years, Bluetooth audio simply isn't as good yet. What's worse, the Bluetooth won't get better for a long time. The sound be played are encoded and sent to the Bluthooth headphones. However, the Bluetooth are not capable of playing two sound simultaneously, for example, you can't receive the sound of a notification when pops up during a song.
Dongles are Bad
Android phones use a dongle for music. It features a bezelless style design. And spending eight hours at the office with dongle at home is a bad day at work. It is new inconvenience.
Benefits for Wired Headphones
Although wired headphones is 100-year old technology, wired headphones have more diversity. You can buy a good pair of open-ear headphones that are great for casul listening, gaming, talking to people. While, Bluetooth does not have the flexibility.
What's the Reason for Removing the Headphone Jack
One of the reason why Apple and Google remove the headphone jack is to make the phones thinner. However, there is no objective reason to do that. Monetary is the most possible reason for removing a headphone jack. Apple owns Beats and Air Pods, the most popular Bluetooth audio products. And Google announced their Pixel Buds recently.
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