Google on Wednesday unveiled its latest mid-range 5G smartphone, the Pixel 6A, and for the first time, this A-series model is missing a 3.5mm headphone jack.


The Pixel 6A’s lack of a headphone jack follows a tech trend that Apple started with the iPhone 7 in 2016, and in that sense it’s relatively unsurprising.

However, as recently as last August, Google was promoting the inclusion of a headphone jack on the Pixel 5A with an ad that mocked some product introductory videos that former Apple design chief Jony Ive used to highlight the new ‌iPhone‌ features.

This isn’t the first time Google has indirectly mocked Apple for dropping the headphone jack, only to have it do the same later. Google poked fun at the iPhone‌ 7’s lack of a headphone jack while unveiling its original Pixel smartphone in 2016, then the Pixel 2 launched without one just a year later.

Samsung fell for the same myopic marketing approach in 2018 when it poked fun at the iPhone‌ X’s lack of a headphone jack in one of its “Ingenius” ads promoting the Galaxy S9. Five months later, it introduced the Galaxy A8s, its first smartphone without a headphone jack, much to the entertainment of iPhone users‌.

The Google Pixel 6A costs $449 and features a slight redesign in keeping with last year’s Pixel 6 range, with a raised camera bump on the back that houses a 12MP main camera and a 12MP wide lens. Powered by the company’s custom Tensor chip, the 6A comes with a 6.1-inch 1080p OLED display that works at 60Hz and includes an under-display fingerprint sensor.

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