Samsung rumored to be working on a proprietary headphone jack


There’s still plenty of healthy debate to be had regarding the inevitable death of the 3.5mm headphone jack as more smartphones are released with USB Type-C ports, but a new rumor claims that Samsung may have plans to mess things up even further by introducing its own proprietary port for delivering audio. Two sources linked to Samsung’s smartphone supply chain claim that the company is “actively and aggressively” looking into proprietary headphone jack option for its devices. Unfortunately, the sources did not share any details regarding the proprietary how it would be superior to audio over USB Type-C. 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the first device in Samsung’s lineup which technically doesn’t need its 3.5mm headphone jack since it’s equipped with a USB Type-C port, but the rumor implies that Samsung isn’t going to make any efforts to push the adoption of USB Type-C as an alternative for the standard 3.5mm headphone jack. 

While the recently-announced Apple iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus ditched the 3.5mm headphone jack in favor of Apple’s Lightning port, Samsung does not have enough pull in the marketplace to ditch the 3.5mm headphone jack and USB Type-C. Since there are already a lot of Android enthusiasts who aren’t happy with Android manufacturers ditching the 3.5mm headphone jack on newer devices, we can’t imagine a world in which things would end well for Samsung if they follow through with this idea. 

This is one rumor which we hope is killed off before it ever sees the light of day.

[Digital Music News]

Nick Gray
I'm a life-long tech enthusiast who has a soft spot for HTC. After writing about tech for more than a decade, I jumped at the opportunity to take on the role of Editor in Chief at Phandroid. Please contact me at [email protected].

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