Samsung is looking to create its own headphone connection instead of using 3.5mm or even USB-C, according to one report.

Following the announcement of the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus as the first major phones to lack the standard 3.5mm headphone jack, Samsung is reportedly set to follow suit.

Digital Music News reports that Samsung is now "actively and aggressively" pursuing its own proprietary headphone connection, which it could also refuse to license to Apple.

The move could mean Android and iOS phones ultimately end up with two different, incompatible headphone outputs, neither of which work with existing headphones that use the 3.5mm jack connection.

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The report suggests Samsung is working on a new connection that isn't USB-C. This new USB connection has appeared on some recent Android phones in place of the standard 3.5mm jack, notably on the Motorola Moto Z and Moto Z Force. The OnePlus 3 sports a USB-C connection and a 3.5mm headphone jack.

While Apple opted for its own Lightning connection on the new iPhones, it also made plenty of noise about its new wireless earphones, the AirPods. Naturally Samsung could also be looking to push users towards wireless headphones (see our photoshopped image above for how it could look).

Either way, it looks like the headphone market is in line for a serious shake-up...

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magicrabbit's picture

Yes, keep on playing with

Yes, keep on playing with customers' wallet...

I will buy the smartphone brand that will use NONE of these proprietary headphone connection. 




rainsoothe's picture

lol, exactly what I was

lol, exactly what I was thinking. Marshall London, you cr***y smartphone, here I come

Graham Luke's picture


Samesung copy Apple? Get away.

magicrabbit's picture

Samsung indeed copy Apple.

Samsung indeed copy Apple.

As a result, on the NOTE 7 the user cannot remove the exploding battery.

THis silly move from Samsung will cost them several billions dollars.

FoxE's picture

Don't play their game!

As others have pointed out there is a way to stop all this nonsense and that it to stop buying anything that doesn't have a generic headphone socket or a replaceable (a simple removable cover) battery. 

I have several tablets and will no longer buy any more until such time as the battery is user replaceable and by that I mean without having to tear down the unit completely and void the warranty.  That is also why I still have my Samsung S3 phone!

Built in obsolence has its price for both consumer and manufacturer.  The price for the consumer should be extremely low for a disposable electronic gadget that once the battery wears out becomes waste.  Nice as the new gear is  - it just isn't worth playing the manufacturer's stupid games (together with their stupid prices!).


Infiniteloop's picture

Samsung cannot help themselves.

Whatever Apple does first, you can be sure Samsung will follow.