Thursday in CE: Google Ditches Headphone Jack, Microsoft Lets You Connect Phone and PC
Google's Pixel 2 has made a significant statement for smartphones: that the headphone jack as we know it is obsolete, unreliable and will eventually be totally be replaced by wireless or other solutions. In a way, this is confirming Apple's choice to not include the popular port on their latest iPhone, the Pixel 2 will only support headphones that either connect via Bluetooth or the phone's USB-C interface.
It also feels like Google is sending mixed signals after taking jabs at Apple for removing the headphone jack with their Pixel release last year.
While this may give some consumers second thoughts on the device, it has already established itself as a serious competitor to Apple's iPhone or the various other premium Android devices on the market, to the extent that some configurations of the product have already sold out during the pre-order period.