Google is the latest manufacturer to say goodbye to the download bar in the box and says it expects the Pixel 5A to be the last phone to include one. It means Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro does not include one when they arrive this fall.
The company says most people already have a USB-C charger, so it no longer needs to be incorporated into phones. Apple and Samsung made similar claims when they stated that they no longer offered a packing box. This may be true, but it is likely that cost savings not included in the charger played a major role in these decisions.
There are also environmental aspects to rejecting a charger: fewer unnecessary chargers are theoretically delivered to customers, which reduces electronic waste. However, this is difficult to prove and can only mean that greenhouse gas emissions from the manufacture and supply of accessories spreads among several companies people buy them from third-party manufacturers.
However, one thing seems certain: once these three major phone manufacturers are committed to removing the charger, it will be easier for smaller companies to follow suit and do the same. While phone buyers may feel they are paying the same price and getting less, this is probably a reality that we all need to agree on, so hold the wall charger firmly.