Google simply revealed the Pixel 6A at Google I/O on Wednesday, and whereas it has a lot of spectacular specs for a midrange machine, it’s lacking one which the corporate has celebrated on its A-series line for years: a 3.5mm headphone jack.
As many smartphone producers have moved on from the headphone jack — a pattern largely kicked off by Apple with the iPhone 7 in 2016 — its presence on the A-series line has turn out to be an increasing number of of a distinguishing characteristic. Google even made a ridiculous two-minute ad celebrating the headphone jack within the Pixel 5A that parodied Apple’s elaborate design movies. That video was titled, partially, “The Circle Comes Full Circle.” Well, it appears the circle is coming full circle once more, as now Google is the one set to drop the headphone jack from its subsequent cellphone.
The factor is, this isn’t even the primary time this circle has come full circle. In an advert for the very first Pixel — launched in 2016, the identical yr because the iPhone 7 — Google noted this key feature: “3.5mm headphone jack satisfyingly not new.” But the headphone jack was gone from the Pixel 2 launched only a yr later. The first A-series Pixel, the Pixel 3A, would convey it again, however not until 2019. Once once more, Google has parodied Apple solely to turn out to be a parody itself the next yr.
We’ve requested Google why it is dropping the headphone jack for the Pixel 6A. But it’s doable the corporate desires to make a extra convincing case to promote you wi-fi headphones — and wouldn’t you understand it, Google revealed the new Pixel Buds Pro at Google I/O as effectively.