There have been numerous occasions where Android phones have copied a feature that – whether popular or not – first started out on an iPhone. Arguably the most high-profile instance of Apple instigating an industry-wide change was the Californian company’s decision to ditch the 3.5mm headphone port on the iPhone 7. This decision, which was almost universally unpopular at the time, led to Android phone makers like Google and Samsung proudly boasting that their handsets would retain this veteran port.
However, almost all Android manufacturers have now followed suit, with Apple helping to lead the charge to wireless headphones which are now commonplace. Another trend that Apple introduced is now being embraced by Android counterparts.
With the iPhone 12 Apple bucked a trend that customers had been used to during the past decade, ditching the bundled-in charger and wired headphones found previously with new handsets.
The Cupertino tech giant said this move would be beneficial to the environment, as it would lead to less packaging waste and allow for more phones to be transported at once. It looks like Android smartphones are about to follow suit as we head into 2021.
The Samsung Galaxy S21, which will be officially announced next month, looks set to ditch the bundled-in charger. Regulatory filings have indicated that the charging brick will be removed from the Galaxy S21 range. It is expected to launch towards the end of January 2021.
It remains to be seen whether other leading smartphone makers such as Google and Huawei will also ditch the bundled-in charger in 2021 or not.