Was Apple right to ditch the 3.5mm audio jack?

Google Pixel 2

Many have complained, but with the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL ditching the 3.5mm audio jack in favor of the digital USB-C, it might just have proved Apple was indeed right to ditch the much-loved analog jack.

The Cupertino company ditched the audio jack with the launch of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus and kept the trend with this year’s iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X. Many were not happy with this move, but it did not prevent Apple from making record sales for the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. The reason many have complained about the missing 3.5mm audio jack is that it makes tech less compatible. Otherwise, you need to accept the inconvenience of carrying a dongle – something that is very easy to misplace.

Perhaps you still don’t approve it – I also don’t – but the mother and father of Android is now on board, joining the likes of LeEco, HTC, Motorola, Xiaomi and probably soon to be, Huawei, if the rumors surrounding the Mate 10 Pro are to be believed. It’s possible you still use a phone with a 3.5mm audio jack. You’ve definitely used a variety of headphone jacks over the years and you can ascertain that they come with different sound quality. Well, this is the problem – or rather the truth – of headphone jacks and it seems more companies are just getting to accept the reality.

According to Google, the reason the company ditched the 3.5mm audio jack on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL is that it’s getting ready for the future – a future where it aims to push its smartphone display screens closer and closer to the edge.

Honestly, this sounds quite unconvincing, especially when the market has near bezel-less smartphones such as LG G6, Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, Galaxy Note 8 and LG V30, yet they come with 3.5mm audio jacks. In fact, LG has had the upper hand in audio quality thanks to the continued use of QDAC on its flagship phones, something that should still serve the audiophiles well.

LG V30 spec

Perhaps LG could extend the technology to other phones and keep the 3.5mm audio jack with high-quality sound at a time when other Android phones might just be getting ready to ditch the fan-favorite (the tech future is almost unpredictable).

When Google ditched the Nexus program in favor of the Pixels, it was sending a clear message that it has now matured in the smartphone business – or should I say the smartphone software business. Although Made by Google, the original Pixels were actually made by HTC, but the search giant has now acquired the entire Pixel team from HTC. The Nexus program was used to show other smartphone makers how Android should work and now that we have quite a number of companies that are showing maturity in their approaches to Android OS, Google wants to lead the way in terms of hardware.

By dropping the 3.5mm audio jack on the Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, the company is once again sending a message that the world of Android will be much better with a digital audio connector than an analog connector. And the fact that Apple was right all along.

So, rather than vex about the whole 3.5mm audio jack thing, you’d be better off coming along for the ride.

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