Google is giving up the headphone jack with the Pixel 6A

Google just unveiled the Pixel 6A at Google I/O on Wednesday, and while it has some impressive specs for a midrange device, it’s missing one the company has been celebrating on its A-series line for years: a 3.5. mm headphone jack .

As many smartphone makers have abandoned the headphone jack—a trend largely initiated by Apple with the iPhone 7 in 2016—its presence on the A-series has increasingly become a distinguishing feature. Google even ran a ridiculous two-minute ad honoring the headphone jack in the Pixel 5A that parodies Apple’s elaborate design videos. That video was titled, in part, “The Circle Comes Full Circle.” Well, it seems like the circle has come full circle again, as Google is now the one dropping its next phone’s headphone jack.

the thing is, this isn’t even the first time this circle has come full circle† In an ad for the very first Pixel — released in 2016, the same year as the iPhone 7 — Google noted this key feature: “3.5mm headphone jack satisfyingly not new.” But the headphone jack was gone from the Pixel 2 released just a year later. The first A-series Pixel, the Pixel 3A, was supposed to bring it back, but not until 2019. Again, Google parodied Apple to become a parody itself the following year.

We asked Google why it’s dropping the headphone jack for the Pixel 6A. But it’s possible the company wants to make a more compelling case for selling you wireless headphones — and if you didn’t know, Google also unveiled the new Pixel Buds Pro at Google I/O.

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