Greed isn’t exclusive to Apple.
First, let me say that I dislike all and any manufacturer that removes the 3.5mm headphone jack. Google (and its Pixel 2 XL) or not, makes no difference to me.
And if you read my previous post, you know there are plenty of stuff I’m unhappy about with Google Pixel line of devices… And even more so with the Pixel 2 XL.
Finding Apple fanboys extremely annoying (I just can’t stand them) or seeing Apple products as meh at best doesn’t preclude me from being objective on what’s going on on the other side of the fence. And I don’t like where this is going over there either.
Google is managing to piss its fans off too… Maybe because Android users, even Google (Pixel) fans, unlike other fans you may know, aren’t blind masochistic sheep?
Why did Google get rid of the headphone jack?
According to Google itself and a thread started by Orrin on the Pixel User Community forum:
Moving to the USB-C audio port with Pixel 2 allows us to provide a better audio and digital experience, as we move towards a bezel-less future.
What a load of crap…
Better audio? Not true.
“Digital experience”? WTF is that? How does going from analog to digital headphones make listening to music or sounds in general any better? It doesn’t.
And the Bezel-less future doesn’t prevent in any way, shape or form to still put a 3.5mm headphone jack on the phone. Ask Samsung, LG and plenty other manufacturers. And their phone is even more “bezel-less” than the Pixel 2 XL, Google.
I hate these excuses. They are mostly lies. Their only purpose is to try and justify an anti-consumer-money-grabbing move.
“If Apple consumers accept it, they all should accept it… And if we’re enough companies getting rid of the headphone jack, they won’t have much of a choice anyway.”
That must be their thinking.
The only goal here is for Google to try selling their $159 Pixel Buds. That’s it.
It also helps understand why Google decided at the last minute to not include the USB-C pair of headphones (Android Police) they intended to put in the Google Pixel 2 XL box.You have a bit more chance of selling expensive earbuds if you don’t provide headphones at all to your customers (another bad move by Google).
Thanks Apple users for not voting with your wallets… And thanks greedy companies (here Google) for being quick to follow Apple footsteps. Yeah, I know, it’s a pleonasm… Company = greedy. But I wanted to emphasize their greed (against their consumers’ interest) anyway.