CTIA Behind Push for 3.5mm Headset Jacks
Today the CTIA wireless trade association indicated that it has backed an initiative to make 3.5mm headset jacks the standard audio input/output jack for mobile phones. Many mobile phones continue to ship with 2.5mm headset jacks. The CTIA also supports making microUSB the standard data input/output port for mobile devices. CTIA president Steve Largent said, "By simplifying input and output features on mobile devices, economies of scale will reduce consumers' costs." The goal is to have both 3.5mm headset jacks and microUSB ports standard features on all phones by January 2012.
Samsung's Gear VR Headset Given a Redesign
Samsung today introduced a brand new version of its Gear VR headset alongside the Galaxy Note7 handset. The new Gear VR improves the field of view from 96 degrees to 101 degrees and supports USB Type-C.
Lenovo Picked USB-C Over Stereo Headphone Jack for Tech and Design Reasons
Neither the Moto Z Droid nor the Moto Z Droid Force has a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Instead, the two phones adopted the USB-C standard for charging and audio output.
GreatCall Debuts Jitterbug 5
GreatCall today announced the Jitterbug 5, its latest senior-friendly handset. The Jitterbug 5 is a traditional flip phone, but it has access to GreatCall's health and wellness services, such as 5Star, medication reminders, brain games, urgent care, and check-in calls.
Samsung Adds a Controller to Its Oculus-Designed Gear VR Headset
Samsung today announced a new version of its Gear VR headset, which now comes with a controller in tow. Controllers dramatically help the VR experience by allowing people to interact with a wider range of content when exploring new worlds.
SanDisk Shows Off New USB Drive for Android Phones
SanDisk today announced the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive 3.0, a flash drive that features a standard USB connector for computers and a microUSB connector for mobile devices. Android device owners can connect the drive directly to the USB port of their phone and transfer content from the phone to the drive or vice versa.
Good! Maybe HTC will get the hint...
This doesn't make any sense
Stereo headphones for music are 3.5mm, but that's not the same kind of device. 3.5mm voice headsets are probably much LESS common than 2.5mm.
3.5mm has a form and function problem (too big, only audio).
If they want to be forward thinking: 2 microUsb ports (data and audio). People are buying either, cheap headphones (jack doesn't m...