Samsung to do an Apple and boot the headphone jack?

Following the launch of Apple's iPhone 7 and 7 Plus sans 3.5mm jacks, a new rumour doing the rounds is that Samsung may follow suit and replace the 3.5mm jack in its Galaxy phones with other alternatives.

Samsung may create a new headphone jack standard of its own and may offer it to other Android phone makers to make the Lightning Port less feasible to manufacturers.

According to the Geek, Apple's Lightning Port being the primary audio jack now means that headphone manufacturers will have to ink new licensing deals with Apple to develop new headphones. If Samsung creates a new one of its own, it will entail another round of licensing for headphones which could turn costly for such headphone makers.

The report adds that Samsung may share the license of its new headphone jack standard with other Android phone makers either for free or at a lower rate to ensure that headphone makers will find it lucrative to work with the new standard. The same may also lead to a number of manufacturers shunning Apple's Lightning port in the long run.

As of now, Lenovo's ZUK Z1 phone also comes with a USB Type-C port which works as a headphone-out for ZUK's specially designed earphones. The phone also features a 3.5mm headphone jack and two users can listen to music simultaneously using the two ports. JBL's Reflect Aware C headphones feature USB Type-C audio ports and works with HTC 10 as well as Lenovo's Moto Z which launched in the UK last week.

With Lenovo and HTC having experimented with the USB Type-C as an audio jack, we aren't sure if they'll be too interested in Samsung's rumoured audio jack. Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 phablet recently arrived with USB Type-C port and it will thus be easier for the company to turn Type-C into an audio port rather than invest in new design and capabilities.
As of now, there is no official confirmation from Samsung on replacing the 3.5mm headphone jack and we suspect there may never be one.

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