Google just revealed the Pixel 6A at Google I/O on Wednesday, and while it has a number of impressive specs for a mid-range device, it’s missing one that the company has celebrated in its A-series lineup for years: a connector. for 3.5mm headphones. .
As many smartphone makers have moved away from the headphone jack, a trend largely started by Apple with the iPhone 7 in 2016, its presence in the A-series lineup has increasingly become a distinguishing feature. Google even made a ridiculous two-minute ad celebrating the headphone jack on the Pixel 5A that parodied Apple’s elaborate design videos. That video was titled, in part, “The Circle Comes Full Circle.” Well, it looks like the circle is coming full circle again, as now Google is the one ready to drop the headphone jack on its next phone.
The thing is, this is not even the first time that this circle is complete. In an ad for the first Pixel, released in 2016, the same year as the iPhone 7, Google noted this key feature: “The 3.5mm headphone jack is not new.” But the headphone jack disappeared from the Pixel 2 released just a year later. The first Pixel in the A-series, the Pixel 3A, would bring it back, but not until 2019. Once again, Google has parodied Apple only to become a parody the following year.
We asked Google why it’s dropping the Pixel 6A’s headphone jack. But the company may want to make a more compelling case for selling you wireless earbuds, and if you didn’t know, Google also revealed the new Pixel Buds Pro at Google I/O.