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.
Motorola Debuts the Entry-Level Moto C and Moto C Plus
Motorola today unveiled two low-cost Android smartphones, the Moto C and Moto C Plus (pictured). Both phones are intended to serve as entry-level handsets for first time and/or cost-conscious buyers.
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.
Intel Believes USB Type-C Will Replace 3.5mm Jack
A planned update to the USB Type-C specification will give it more control over audio functions, paving the way for it to fully supplant the 3.5mm headphone jack on most phones. Speaking at the Intel Developers Forum, engineers Brad Saunders and Rahman Ismail explained that the new USB audio standard lowers power usage through USB and defines how buttons on headphones can control music.
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...