Google just revealed the Pixel 6A at Google I/O on Wednesday, and while it has a number of impressive specs for a mid-range device, it’s missing one that the company has celebrated in its A-series lineup for years: a connector. for 3.5mm headphones. .
Since many smartphone manufacturers have moved away from the headphone jack, a trend largely started by Apple. with the iPhone 7 in 2016 — its presence in the A-series lineup has increasingly become a distinctive feature. Google even did a ridiculous two minute ad celebrating the headphone jack on the Pixel 5A that parodied Apple’s elaborate design videos. That video was titled, in part, “The Circle Comes Full Circle.” Well, it looks like the circle is coming full circle again, as now Google is the one ready to drop the headphone jack on its next phone.
The thing is, this is not even the first time that this circle is complete. In an advertisement for the first Pixel, released in 2016, the same year as the iPhone 7, Google noticed this key feature: “Satisfying 3.5mm headphone jack is not new.” But the headphone jack was gone pixel 2 released just a year later. The first Pixel of the A-series, the Pixel 3A, would bring it back, but not until 2019. Once again Google has parodied Apple only to become a parody the following year.
We’ve asked Google why it’s dropping the headphone jack for pixel 6a. But the company may want to make a more compelling case to sell you wireless headphones, and you wouldn’t know that, Google revealed. the new Pixel Buds Pro at Google I/O as well.