The Pixel 2 will not have a dedicated 3.5mm audio jack, a leaked Google document suggests.
(CCM) — Google is planning to copy Apple by doing away with the dedicated 3.5mm audio jack in the next iteration of its Pixel phone, according to a report in Tech Times. The Pixel 2 is under development and will likely be released later this year. Apple dropped the 3.5mm jack from its iPhone 7 in order to free up space within the smartphone for other components, but supplied an adapter so that users can plug older headphones into its lightning port. Motorola also dropped the dedicated audio jack from its Moto Z smartphone, while Samsung is sticking with the venerable 3.5mm standard in its forthcoming flagship Galaxy S8 smartphone.
Google launched the Pixel as its flagship smartphone in October 2017, and despite a number of well-publicized problems with the device Rick Osterloh, Google's senior vice president of hardware, confirmed that a new version is to be released shortly. Speaking to the media at Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2017 last week he said: "You can count on a successor this year, even if you don't hear a date from me now." He also hinted that the new phone would have a have a price tag similar to the original $650 Pixel. "Pixel stays premium," he said at the event.
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