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Annoyed by no 3.5mm jack on iPhone 7? Your Android phone could be next

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Months before Apple took all the flak for ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack, the Moto Z arrived carrying only a USB-C connector for charging and audio transmission.

That trend is set to continue with news the USB Implementer's Forum has revealed a new specification, specifically designed for manufacturers looking to remove the headphone jack from their handset.

The USB Audio Class 3.0 specification will enable key word voice recognition and boost power efficiency.

It’ll also offer better water resistance and enable slimmer devices by removing the jack, the USB-IF says (via Android Authority).

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While boosting new digital audio features, the new standard would continue to support analogue audio.This would ensure users’ current 3.5mm headphones could still be used via adapters.

Could this mean the top Android manufacturers like Samsung, LG and HTC could soon follow Moto’s lead and remove the 3.5mm jack from their next flagships?

Would you welcome or resist such a move? Share your thoughts below.

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toboev

October 3, 2016, 4:19 pm

It is riduculous to say that losing the jack "allows" the phone to be thinner, since the phone is not asking to be thinner. It is the other way about - making the phone ever thinner is forcing the jack to be ditched, and emaciating the battery, and leaving the camera protruding rudely through the body.

aeonturnip

October 3, 2016, 7:03 pm

You don't need to do this for reasons of waterproofing as the latest Samsung's have shown, and no-one needs a phone to be thinner than they are now as they're already at risk of bending. Using the additional space for battery is a possibility, I suppose, but would it really make that much difference? I guess it's one less physical port which has wear and tear, and that's why I've recently swapped to wireless charging.

iFrank

October 3, 2016, 9:50 pm

Souls will be sold to get the Apple customer base.

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