Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL Might Do Away with the Headphone Jack

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The next Google-branded flagship smartphones, Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2, have been a hot topic ever since the company confirmed that they’ll be launching the devices and the latest rumours are pointing towards the absence of the 3.5mm headphone jack from the device.

UK-based Mobile accessory maker Olixar has revealed the design of the upcoming Google flagship via the case covers made available online.

Earlier rumours had suggested that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will follow the footsteps of Apple and not sport the conventional headphone jack.

A tweet by 9to5Google’s Stephen Hall also points us towards the same idea that the upcoming Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL devices might just come without the 3.5mm jack.


This isn’t really news to a lot of us following the Pixel development as earlier renders showed the Pixel without a headphone jack and the mobile phone cases that have surfaced in the market don’t have a space to insert the headphone jack too.

While this is a possibility as the world is transitioning towards wireless audio tech — speakers and headsets, both — Google’s pot shot on Apple during their last year’s Pixel launch for not sporting a 3.5mm headphone jack on the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus might mean that the company is still not ready to let go off of the 3.5mm audio jack.

Olixar case for Pixel 2

Although Apple drew a lot of criticism for removing the headphone jack last year — as it is still considered an integral part of the mobile experience since wireless tech is still developing — HTC U11 and Moto Z were also released without a 3.5mm headphone jack.

If Google chooses to follow suit, things might not go well in the favour of wired audio tech on mobile phones.

Since there has been no official confirmation regarding specs of the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2 from Google, take everything with a pinch of salt.

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