Google May Remove 3.5mm Headphone Jack Support In Android 8.1

Last Updated : September 7, 20176 Comments Filed Under : News
Google May Remove 3.5mm Headphone Jack Support In Android 8.1
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2018 may be the year to say good bye to the 3.5 mm Headphone Jack from all the Android Smartphones. If that sounds terrible to you then you’re not alone but, a recent report actually claims this terrifying possibility.

Google May Remove 3.5mm Headphone Jack Support In Android 8.1

This complete approach is actually to remove the wired connections as much as possible & focus on the wireless connections instead. So, in Android 8.1, Google may actually ditch the support for the 3.5 mm Jack & focus on optimization & improvements for wireless Bluetooth Headphones.

Now, frankly we don’t think that Google will remove the 3.5 mm support completely. But, they may close rooms for improvements in that segment. But, even if they remove the support, USB Type-C to 3.5 mm support will be there without a doubt. The other main reason why the 3.5 Jack may be gone are the OEMs themselves.

Started from LeEco, we have even seen major brands like Apple & HTC removing the 3.5 mm Headphone Jack from their devices. So, looks like OEMs are moving away from the headphone jack & the others may catch up with this trend pretty soon. Also, remember that the Pixel 2 will be made by HTC again this year. So, it may not have a headphone jack as well.

Basically, there are some advantages that the OEMs can be benefited from if they remove the headphone jack & focus on wireless headsets instead. These include,

  1. OEMs can reduce a little bit thickness from their phones.
  2. The wired headphones consume more juice from the battery compared to the wireless ones. So, not using wired headphones can result in a bit improved battery life for those people who use their headphones all the time.
  3.  Not including the Headphone Jack will reduce the manufacturing cost of the phone, which in large volume can benefit the OEMs a lot.
  4. It’ll increase the sale figures of wireless headphones that the OEMs will manufacture.


But, ok Google & the partner OEMs. We can understand why you don’t want to give a damn to the 3.5 mm Jack anymore. But, please don’t ditch it. It’s one of the most essential features that every smartphone user desires. So, please !

Anyway, what do you guys think about this whole trend going on ? Do you think it’s logical ? Or it is a complete mess ? Let us know in the comments section right below this article !


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  • Deathcall666

    That would be stupid. Not having the choices of either wireless and wired ia dumb.

    • Ronit Roy

      Definitely. However the USB Type C to 3.5mm option will be there. But, using the USB C port that much will reduce it’s lifeline.

      • Deathcall666

        And what about when charging the phone? Were still ar the point where highend/flagship smartphones come with meager 3000mah battery.

        • Ronit Roy

          That’s exactly why I said “USB C port that much will reduce it’s lifeline” earlier. It’s being used for both Audio & Charging so it’ll survive less.

          • Deathcall666

            By lifetime , i thought You mean battery lifetime , not the charger itself.

          • Ronit Roy

            I mean the Lifeline of the USB C Port.

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