Google Introduced the Pixel 6a on Wednesday, confirming all the expectations that preceded Google I/O 2022. And all the rumours. The leaks said that the Pixel 6a would be a cheaper version of the Pixel 6, ready to offer the same performance thanks to the Google Tensor chip. Additionally, Pixel 6a leaks indicated that the phone would not feature a headphone jack, which would be a first for budget Pixel A-series phones.
Google confirmed the bad news. Now all the Pixel 6a needs is a new Google-made commercial that simulates phones without headphone jacks. Yes we have not forgotten.
Apple ditched the headphone jack in 2016 when it launched the iPhone 7 series. Apple needed to remove the jack to free up more space inside the phone, eventually leading to a full-screen phone. That device came a year later, the iPhone X.
Like others, Google scoffed at Apple’s decision. But then, like others, Google removed the headphone jack from their own phones.
The Pixel 2 was the first to copy the iPhone, and Google has never looked back, at least when it comes to Pixel flagships. That’s because the Pixel 3a raised headphone jack. Google explained at the time that pricing concerns convinced it to take back the port.
The infamous Google ad
The Pixel 3a was the first mid-range Pixel phone that Google made. The Pixel 4a, 5a and 6a are part of the same series.
That brings us to the Pixel 5a announcement that Google launched at the end of August 2021. It was less than a year ago, just a few months before the pixels 6 release. At the time, the design of the Pixel 6 had already been leaked, so we knew it was ditching the headphone jack.
Google’s ad praised the headphone jack and implicitly criticized all phones that don’t have a 3.5mm port. That’s not a problem in and of itself, but Google went with a parody approach. The commercial didn’t just tout the Pixel 5a’s support for regular headphones. He also criticized Apple’s iPhone, a phone that Google has been copying since the first generation Pixel came out.
Fast-forward to the Pixel 6a, and the phone doesn’t have a headphone jack. It hasn’t even been a year, so Google may have already known the Pixel 5a wouldn’t have a headphone jack. However, he opted to post that ridiculous ad anyway.
Getting rid of the headphone jack isn’t a bad design decision, considering Google has largely recycled the Pixel 6’s design. The Pixel 6a is a bit smaller but otherwise on. almost perfect pixel copy 6.
Why doesn’t the Pixel 6a have a headphone jack?
Google must be eager to sell it new wireless headphones. Starting at $199, Pixel Buds Pro match the features of Apple’s AirPods Pro. And they’re the kind of accessories you need for a phone that doesn’t have a headphone jack. Like the Pixel 6a.
The alternative, of course, is to use wired USB-C headphones with the Pixel 6a. That’s always an option for any Android phone that doesn’t have a headphone jack. And you can also use Lightning wired headphones with your iPhone. you do not need a 3.5mm port for wired audio if that’s what you want.
The point here is that Google released that incredibly annoying announcement less than a year ago despite knowing that the Pixel 6a wouldn’t feature a headphone jack. It’s the kind of misleading ad that Samsung did before Google.
Samsung mocked up iPhone headphone jack before killing the port on their own flagships. At least Google hasn’t “pulled out a Samsung” and removed the Pixel 5a ad from YouTube now that the Pixel 6a is official. Not that the Internet had forgotten about that, anyway.
We’d be happy to hear from the Google marketing team that made that announcement about why the Pixel 6a doesn’t feature a headphone jack. Because Google has yet to address this particular design change.
The new ad may even feature the same accent and find a way to sneak in the word “aluminum.” While we wait for the first Pixel 6a announcements, here’s the Pixel 5a headphone jack ad for you to enjoy:
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