What is that smell? Is that a steaming pot of hypocrisy that someone put on the backburner? Because that’s!
The Verge tells us what’s going on in Google.
“After criticizing Apple for headphone jacks, Google quietly drops it from the Pixel 6A” (Tip of Antlers to tay.)
Well this is just shocking. If you can’t trust advertising, what can you trust?
Google: “Ha, get a lot of these guys removing the headphone jack from your phones! Our phones proudly have headphone jacks!”
Also Google: “Gerry, get me the design, soon.”
If you’re gaming at home, you may remember that this isn’t the first company to first mock Apple for ditching the headphone jack, then do the exact same thing later. Three years ago it was Samsung.
“Samsung ditches headphone jack after criticizing jackless rivals”
And yes, Jackless Rivals is the name of the alternative indy band from Macalope. You probably haven’t heard of us. We are quite subversive. (“Subversive” means “We can’t get hired anywhere because we don’t know how to play instruments”, right?)
The funny thing, though, is that not only did Samsung do the same thing before, but Google itself did the same thing before, as The Verge points out.
In an ad for the first Pixel, released in 2016, the same year as the iPhone 7, Google noted this key feature: “The 3.5mm headphone jack is not new.” But the headphone jack disappeared from the Pixel 2 released just a year later.
Google must really be putting on the pounds with all this having cake and eating it too.
“Oh nur, I probably won’t be able to feel any murr.” [shoves cake in mouth and pockets]
It’s one thing to make fun of something when you currently have no plans to do the exact same thing, and in 2016 Google probably didn’t. They prefer to wait and see if Apple can get away with it. But it’s another to have a phone on the drawing board without a headphone jack and at the same time run ads saying how awesome headphone jacks are.
Steve Jobs was no stranger to mocking something a competitor’s device had and then adding it to Apple’s offering. Although, when he said “If you see a stylus, they messed it up,” he was probably referring to a stylus that cost less than $90. Probably correct? Still, the company has rarely run an ad campaign that ridicules a competitor for a feature and then rolls out that same feature less than a year later.
It was silly when Apple praised itself for its “bravery” in removing the headphone jack. But it’s undeniable that Apple has a design leadership position in the smartphone industry and if you didn’t think that other vendors would soon do the same and also remove the headphone jack, well then you don’t know how the phone industry works. smart. plays.