Google originally planned on including premium ear buds with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL

Google originally planned on including premium ear buds with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL
A gentleman by the name of Lucas Everett recently shelled out the necessary cash to purchase a Google Pixel 2 from Verizon. And guess what he found in the box. Yes, that's right. Inside the box was a Pixel 2, but that isn't the point. The box also contained a cut out for a pair of ear buds that never came with the phone. In addition, the "Inside the box" booklet that was included, uh, inside the box, made reference to the invisible earbuds, which did not actually come in the box.

The earbuds were supposed to connect to the phone via a Type-C USB port and had the same adjustable loop as found with the Google Pixel Buds. They also featured inline controls. As we pointed out, despite the accommodations for the accessory, and the written instructions that came in the box, there were no ear buds included. Also missing from the box was the USB Type-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter that others did receive in the box along with their Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.

A Verizon rep who works at the store where Lucas purchased his phone, said no other box that he has seen had that cut out inside. And late this afternoon, Google confessed that the box was an early design for the U.S. market. So Google was originally planning on joining Samsung and HTC by including premium ear buds in the box with its flagship phones. Something changed the company's mind, possibly the cost. Alas, we will never know. What we have confirmed though, is that great thought goes into the retail boxes that flagship models are sold in.


source: @lucaseverett via Droid-Life, AndroidPolice

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Pixel 2
  • Display 5.0" 1080 x 1920 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2700 mAh
Pixel 2 XL
  • Display 6.0" 1440 x 2880 pixels
  • Camera 12.2 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 835, Octa-core, 2350 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 3520 mAh

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11 Comments

4. Derass

Posts: 149; Member since: Aug 06, 2015

The fact they didn't is a snake move. Literally every other phone does, even the cheapest POS's

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I've only gotten earbuds included with 2 phones, the Galaxy S3 and the HTC Rezound. The ones included with the S3 were cheap and nothing special, the ones included with the Rezound were Beats earbuds (before the Apple buyout) and we're part of the marketing of the phone. All in all, I've owned 12 phones in total. Having 2 phones include earbuds out of 12 phones isn't literally every other phone including them.

14. cmdacos

Posts: 3651; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Curious what other phones you have bought without head phones? I've bought a new phone every year and always had heads included. Never used any of them though until Samsung's latest AKG heads.

18. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

The phones that didn't include earbuds were the HTC Incredible (1 & 2), Thunderbolt, Droid Maxx, Moto X 2013, Droid Turbo (1 & 2), Nexus 6p, and Pixel (1 & 2).

19. seanpr11

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 12, 2015

I still use the earbuds I got with the Alcatel Idol 3....they are great. I can't remember if my 6P came with them or not. Ordered the Pixel 2 XL last night.

20. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

I had the 6p and they didn't come with earbuds.

11. GoTstan

Posts: 373; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Then they realized they took away the jack....

12. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

At this price earphone in the box is a must.

13. rj_78

Posts: 74; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

It was old packaging yeah But then google saw Apple isn’t including fast charger so we shouldn’t bother to include earphones :-|

15. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

How odd to not include an earphone in the package... A flagship handset , for that matter

16. aegislash

Posts: 1425; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Especially since they removed the headphone jack....kind of pathetic of them to only include the the infamously ugly USB-C to 3.5mm adapter. A pair of USB-C headphones, so you didn't need to have that adapter dangling from your phone, would have been nice.....considering how much you're paying for either of these two phones.

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