In response to harsh comments made by those critical of Google's decision to eliminate the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 2
and Pixel 2 XL
, Google Pixel
/Nexus Community Manager Orrin Hancock posted today that the Pixel 2
still comes with a headphone jack, it has just been moved to the USB-C port. Hancock adds that this is a move made by some of the "best phones" available today.
Hancock says that removing the 3.5mm port allows Google to offer an improved "audio and digital experience, as we move towards a bezel-less future." His forum post also includes a list of Made by Google
and Made for Google
headsets that are compatible with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
"We want to provide a little more information about headphone options for the Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack but we have moved to USB-C, a standard that is becoming commonplace in the best phones and laptops of today. Moving to the USB-C audio port with Pixel 2 allows us to provide a better audio and digital experience, as we move towards a bezel-less future...We realize that some of you might be looking for USB-C headphones, and we want to provide some guidance around headphone compatibility with Pixel 2 devices. The main thing to keep in mind is that Pixel 2 devices are compatible with USB-C headphones that support digital audio."-Orrin Hancock, Google Pixel/Nexus Community Manager
The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL also happen to include an adapter in the box that connects to USB-C and converts to the 3.5mm headphone port. When purchasing audio accessories for either phone, it is important to realize that the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL do not support analog audio because of the USB-C port.