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Say goodbye to the headphone jack on your phone

Say goodbye to the headphone jack on your phone
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It's out with the old and in with the new. In the case of Android Lollipop, the "old" is that little eighth-inch headphone port. Yeah, Android is trying to nix your headphone port. How in the world are you supposed to listen to your music without a headphone jack?

There's been an interesting suggestion, one that a company other than Android has already started to take credit for. That other company is Apple. It's created a solution to loss of the headphone port, and if it takes off Android will have to keep up.

The suggestion? Instead of carrying on the traditional headphone port, Apple has started using USB audio as an alternative. And Apple isn't the only one.

Apple has already rolled out its own USB audio headphones that are compatible with the Lightning port in newer iPhones. The science behind USB audio is pretty interesting.

"When using USB audio, the wires carry digital signals all the way to the earbuds, where it is then converted to analog. This prevents the sound quality dropping as it travels through the wire. Removing the audio jack ... could also make future devices thinner."

Philips has also produced Lightning-compatible USB audio headphones, but so far only Apple and Philips have capitalized on this new technology. Removing the eighth-inch headphone port would also make phones even slimmer because the manufacturers wouldn't have to make room on the case.

There's only one problem. How will you listen to your music if you need to charge your phone?

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Source: Daily Mail
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