The Pixel 2 may not have a headphone jack, if some supposedly leaked documents from Google are accurate. That would mean that it took the company only one year of doing its own thing before giving in and going the way of Apple.
Apple fans were irate in the months leading up to the iPhone 7’s release because of the rumor that it would ditch the headphone jack, which turned out to be true. Apple users got over their anger quickly and accepted the phone easily after it was released. No surprise there, considering that most will apparently buy the company’s devices just because they have that Apple logo on them.
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A questionable Pixel 2 source?
An unnamed source presented some documents to 9to5Google, although the tech website admits that it wasn’t able to confirm the removal of the headphone jack from the Pixel 2 with a second source. It is certainly interesting given that Google made sure to advertise the inclusion of the jack in the first Pixel model, but apparently the company is seeing that Apple got away with it.
9to5Google said it couldn’t say what type of documentation it had seen because it could reveal its source. However, it did say that the document presents the removal as if it is “a matter of fact.” The website isn’t entirely convinced that the headphone jack will actually be removed from the Pixel 2, given that it assigned a score of six out of ten possible points on the document being legitimate.
Aside from not being able to verify with a second source that the jack will be removed, 9to5Google also said it received the document secondhand. It also seems likely that Google is still working on finalizing the Pixel 2’s features, so this could all change by the time the phone launches later this year. The company only recently confirmed that there will be a refresh of the original Pixel.
Pixel 2 to be an iPhone clone like its predecessor?
When the original Pixel was released late last year, it didn’t take long for the tech blog-o-sphere to say that it’s basically just an iPhone 6 with some minor tweaks. It seems likely that Google will do something similar this year, and if it does remove the headphone jack from the Pixel 2, that will make even more like a clone of the iPhone. Other rumored inclusions are waterproofing and a top-of-the-line camera which is expected to be heavy on features but not necessarily on megapixels.
Android phones have yet to abandon the jack en masse. While the Moto Z has already eliminated it, Samsung is reportedly planning to keep it in the Galaxy S8, which is expected to be unveiled soon.