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

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).

Related: iPhone 7 review

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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