Google clarifies why it dumped the 3.5mm headphone jack

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15 October, 2017

Its top scores in most of our traditional photo and video categories put it ahead of our previous (tied) leaders, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus and the Samsung Galaxy Note 8, despite the Pixel 2 coming in lower in the new Zoom and Bokeh categories.

Google rolled out two new Pixel smartphones - the Pixel 2 and the Pixel XL.

The Google Pixel 2 and the Pixel 2 XL will start pre-orders on October 26. Now this is something that Apple is also offering with iOS 11 where there is a specific "Do Not Disturb While Driving" mode.

The users located in the passenger seat, or those who in using this function is not needed, you can always disable it in the settings.

Google Pixel Community Manager Orrin took to a support page to explain to potential consumers as to why both the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are not shipped with a headphone jack.

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According to TechCrunch, the company essentially created an opening in the market by dropping the jack, "and it was able to step right in with hardware that also helps make Google Assistant more ubiquitous, while turning Translate into a real world version of Douglas Adams' Babelfish". It seems that the shipping estimates shot up nearly instantly, especially for the Black & White color option for the Pixel 2 XL (affectionately known as the panda color). Google wants to show the awesome video stabilization of Pixel 2. It looks bland, yes, but what got me wide-eyed was the integration of clever AI through Google Assistant and a few other features that take advantage of Google's expertise on AI and machine learning.

Influential image-quality testing site DxOMark has anointed the Pixel 2 the king of the smartphone heap, giving its camera an unprecedented rating of 98. The camera sensor on both the devices is the same 12.2-megapixel sensor with f/1.8 aperture while the front camera is an 8-megapixel shooter. That's because the Pixel 2 XL needs more battery to power its hungry display. To have even remotely quality bluetooth buds, you have to fork over a large sum of many, and even then, many are not worth it. These include smart home speakers like the Google Home Mini and Home Max and accessories like the Google Pixel Buds.

Google product chief Mario Queiroz provided a similar explanation to TechCrunch, saying, "We want the display to go closer and closer to the edge".

For the iPhone X 64 GB model the price is $1,319 and for the iPhone X 256 GB the price is $1,529.


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