Google unveiled the Pixel 6a on Wednesday, confirming each expectation that preceded Google I/O 2022. And each rumor. The leaks mentioned the Pixel 6a can be a less expensive model of the Pixel 6, prepared to supply the identical efficiency because of the Google Tensor chip. Furthermore, Pixel 6a leaks indicated the cellphone wouldn’t characteristic a headphone jack, which might be a primary for a budget Pixel A-series telephones.
Google confirmed the dangerous information. Now, all of the Pixel 6a wants is a brand new Google-made business that mocks telephones with out headphone jacks. Yeah, we haven’t forgotten.
Apple ditched the headphone jack in 2016 when it launched the iPhone 7 collection. Apple wanted to take away the jack to unencumber extra space contained in the cellphone which might finally result in an all-screen cellphone. That gadget arrived a 12 months later, the iPhone X.
Like others, Google mocked Apple’s resolution. However then, like others, Google removed the headphone jack from its personal telephones.
The Pixel 2 was the primary to repeat the iPhone, and Google by no means appeared again — no less than in terms of Pixel flagships. That’s as a result of the Pixel 3a resurrected the headphone jack. Google defined on the time that value considerations satisfied it to convey the port again.
The notorious Google advert
The Pixel 3a was the primary mid-range Pixel cellphone that Google made. The Pixel 4a, 5a, and 6a are a part of the identical collection.
That brings us to the Pixel 5a commercial that Google launched in late August 2021. It was lower than a 12 months in the past, only a few months forward of the Pixel 6 launch. On the time, the Pixel 6’s design had already leaked, so we knew it was ditching the headphone jack.
The Google advert praised the headphone jack and implicitly criticized all of the telephones that wouldn’t have a 3.5mm port. That’s not an issue in itself, however Google went for a parody method. The business didn’t simply promote the Pixel 5a’s assist for normal headphones. It additionally criticized Apple’s iPhone, a cellphone that Google has been copying ever for the reason that first Pixel era got here out.
Quick ahead to the Pixel 6a, and the cellphone has no headphone jack. It hasn’t even been a 12 months, so Google may’ve already identified that the Pixel 5a wouldn’t have a headphone jack. But it selected to run that ridiculous advert anyway.
Ditching the headphone jack just isn’t a foul design resolution, contemplating that Google has largely recycled the Pixel 6 design. The Pixel 6a is barely smaller however in any other case is an almost perfect copy of the Pixel 6.
Why doesn’t the Pixel 6a have a headphone jack?
Google should be desirous to promote its brand new wireless earphones. Beginning at $199, the Pixel Buds Professional match Apple’s AirPods Professional options. They usually’re the form of equipment you want for a cellphone that doesn’t have a headphone jack. Just like the Pixel 6a.
The choice, in fact, is utilizing wired USB-C headphones with the Pixel 6a. That’s all the time a selection for any Android cellphone that lacks a headphone jack. And you may as well use Lightning wired headphones together with your iPhone. You don’t want a 3.5mm port for wired audio if that’s what you need.
The purpose right here is that Google launched that extremely annoying advert lower than a 12 months in the past regardless of understanding the Pixel 6a wouldn’t characteristic a headphone jack. It’s the form of deceitful advert that Samsung made earlier than Google.
Samsung additionally mocked the iPhone’s headphone jack earlier than killing the port by itself flagships. A minimum of Google hasn’t “pulled a Samsung” and deleted the Pixel 5a advert from YouTube now that the Pixel 6a is official. Not that the web would have forgotten about it, anyway.
It could be pleasant to listen to from Google’s advertising crew that got here up with that advert on why the Pixel 6a doesn’t characteristic a headphone jack. As a result of Google has but to deal with this specific design change.
The brand new advert may even characteristic the identical accent and discover a method to sneak within the phrase “aluminum.” Whereas we look ahead to the primary Pixel 6a adverts, right here’s the Pixel 5a headphone jack commercial so that you can get pleasure from:
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