If you’re like most of our readers it’s likely you have half a dozen earbuds, maybe a wireless pair or two, perhaps even AirPods. Earbuds is how you listen to your smartphones audio when nobody else wants to hear it.
How about a smartphone with no earbuds?
Google just did something I think is good for everyone and may help move the smartphone world toward ever more wireless devices. The Google Pixel 4, just announced does not have a headphone jack.
Bah humbug. Apple dismissed that relic years ago. Wheat else? No headphone jack-to-USB-C adapter. What? Wait. Apple stopped doing that a couple of years ago, too.
Google Pixel 4 does not include a pair of earbuds in the box. No headphone jack. No adapter. No earbuds.
Oh the humanity! Chris Burns has a different perspective:
Smartphone companies around the world will soon – or SHOULD soon – stop including headphones/earbuds in the box with their smartphones, tablets, and etcetera.
If Google did it this year, maybe Apple will follow suit with iPhone 12? Remember, outcry varies depending upon the size of the customer base. Google sells a few million Pixel smartphones a year, Apple sells that many on a weekend.
Look, Apple bought Beats Music and Headphones for a reason. Money. OK, what’s another reason? Nope. Money. But to get to that money Apple recognized the world has a few billion devices that people use to listen to music and podcasts and calls, and, well, clearly customers aspire beyond the included earbuds to higher quality, wireless, noise cancellation and so on.
Burns is about to get burned.
I’d still rather have a headphone jack than mess with Bluetooth, a dongle, or other means of giving me the charging-while-listening-to-audio experience that I’ll never stop wanting.
Spoken like a true non-iPhone customer. AirPods have a unique way to integrate into iPhones via Bluetooth that eliminates most of the headaches. There’s a reason AirPods are so successful.
Next year might be the year Apple says goodbye to wired earbuds.