Google's Pixel 4 doesn't ship with earphones or a 3.5mm adapter

Google's Pixel 4 doesn't ship with earphones or a 3.5mm adapter
Google mocked the iPhone’s lack of headphone jack when it introduced the first-generation Pixel yet just one year later it ditched the port. Now, two years after that happened, the internet giant is ditching two important accessories that made this change acceptable.

Starting with the Pixel 4, Google’s smartphones no longer ship with 3.5mm to USB-C adapters in the box meaning your old wired earphones are useless unless you purchase an adapter separately. To make matters worse, Google has also ditched its Pixel USB-C earbuds which is pretty disappointing considering even Apple includes a pair of earphones inside its iPhone boxes.

Alongside these cuts, Google has also removed the offer of free, unlimited high-resolution photo and video backups for three years through Google Photos. Now, Pixel owners will need to use the standard ‘high quality’ service that’s available on all smartphones regardless of brand or pay $2 every month to receive 100GB of Google One storage – a three-month trial of the latter is offered.

In the US, Google’s Pixel 4 lineup starts at $799 and increases to $999 for the Pixel 4 XL model with 128GB of internal storage. Also part of the package is an impressive dual-camera setup on the rear, a 90Hz refresh Smooth Display, and a unique radar chip which enables a range of air gestures called Motion Sense.

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Pixel 4
  • Display 5.7" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 2800 mAh
Pixel 4 XL
  • Display 6.3" 1440 x 3040 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 3700 mAh

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18 Comments

1. Derekjeter

Posts: 1546; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

If you are not going to try, why even bother being a hardware company? Just stick to software. Both phones are missing so much stuff they should have never priced these things over $699. What a joke.

5. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

They are trying alright....actively trying to fail with the Pixel 4 line. This is unacceptable.

8. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's because the reviewers and mostly give them pass for everything they do as long as it has a killer camera.

10. kiko007

Posts: 7520; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

If this ain't the truest s**t I've read today. Watch the usual TechTubers release their vids like: Cons: Battery life sucks Design sucks General usability sucks Video quality sucks Pros: Buttery sMoOtH Camera (Stills only though) is amazing The check cleared Pixel 4 grade- 11/10

11. maherk

Posts: 6999; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

They technically work for Google, so my guess is that they're afraid they might piss off their bosses if they dared to criticize their products. This doesn't come close to what Apple has released this year, not even the Note 10 lineup and mostly importantly the new Oneplus phones.

16. kanagadeepan

Posts: 1273; Member since: Jan 24, 2012

Sad, but VERY TRUE...

2. cmdacos

Posts: 4302; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

I thought they started leaving out headphones with the 3...

15. tuminatr

Posts: 1158; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

That is what was reported but when everyone who ordered received their phone headphones and the 3.5mm adaptor was included. I have yet to use either

3. Alcyone

Posts: 533; Member since: May 10, 2018

Alot of people have probably gone the route of truely wireless. No body is forcing anyone to buy into anything. Imo, I'd just move on or wait till there is a compelling offer to consider a purchase.

4. Whitedot

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

So many things lacking for the price. Someone at Google needs to do a reality check test first.

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Too much is missing from these new flagship Pixels to justify the prices. I don’t know what Google is trying to do here, but succeed isn’t one of them.

13. perry1234

Posts: 652; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Very true! Google is really not in touch with consumer demand. Which leads to bad hardware decisions. This is not going to sell well...but I think by this point even Google realises that. So they are trying to milk the existing customers. Moreover, this is the first time I see an Android phone having more creative limitations than an iPhone

14. meanestgenius

Posts: 22388; Member since: May 28, 2014

Exactly. I never thought I’d see the day when an Android smartphone had more limitations than the iPhone, but Google has achieved this milestone with the Pixel 4.

7. Vancetastic

Posts: 1698; Member since: May 17, 2017

Good grief, Google....

9. D34ever

Posts: 236; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

Not a problem. This phone will be another flop for Google.

12. kevv2288

Posts: 308; Member since: Jul 30, 2015

Pixel 4 starts at $799 and the 4 XL 128 GB is $999..

17. libra89

Posts: 2310; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

What a disappointment! It's not like it takes SO much to make usb-c earphones.

19. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Surprising really.... but hey, typical google.

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