The Google Pixel 2 headphone adapter was overpriced, now Google has slashed the price to match Apple


Helen of Troy brought about the Trojan War, but today's tech wars are often about much more mundane topics: like the headphone jack.

The useful little audio jack has been around for centuries and did not offend anyone until Apple decided it took too much space in its phones and killed it in the iPhone 7. Google - shortly after - unveiled a new phone, proudly proclaiming one of its advantage is just having that headphone jack. A year later, and Google has changed its mind: the Pixel 2/XL ships with no headphone jack.

You do get a dongle free in the box, but if you were to lose that (easy!), you would have to buy a new one and Google had a special price for that tiny little dongle: $20! Even Apple, known for its rather pricey gadgets, sells a headphone adapter (3.5mm to Lightning) for just $9 on the Apple Store.

Google's price for a simple 3.5mm to USB-C headphone adapter was outrageous, but thankfully the company was brought back to its senses by everyone's reaction and it has slashed the price to match Apple's. So now you can have that 3.5mm to USB-C adapter for $9. As it should have been from the very start. What probably should not have happened is Google killing the headphone jack in the first place.

USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter at the Google Store


Meanwhile, we have reached out to Google for a comment on the reason it removed the headphone jack in the new Pixel 2/XL and will update you with the reason as soon as we have it.

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57 Comments

1. MasterAlchemist

Posts: 56; Member since: Oct 14, 2017

ROFL How was that? Apple has been ripping off iSheeps? Google is the king of the hill here.

4. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Apple is a FAKE company. There is no real products made by that evil clown.

43. Beijendorf unregistered

You're mixing up Apple and McDonalds again, Hallyu.

2. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

At least you can use that "USB-C to 3.5mm" dongle with lots of phoned from other brands. Unlike lightning dongle that only work with iPhone

11. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

But the lightning adapter also works with your iPad. What, you don't own one of those either?

29. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

But iPads have jack ports and I'll be laughing my ass off when they removed to "save space"

49. TheOracle1

Posts: 2264; Member since: May 04, 2015

Thank you for that very important point. Wtf is an adaptor that doesn't work on anything other than the iPhone and no other Crappl product or anything else period?

3. Hallyu

Posts: 790; Member since: Jul 21, 2015

Google is just another Apple's Android version. Literally, Samsung is the only true Androided-heart and Androided- look.

5. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Last I checked Samsung is still using a Google product which is android so spare the bulls**t.

30. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I laughed too much at your posts That is some excellent trolling, guys

6. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

"until Apple decided it took too much space in its phones and killed it in the iPhone 7". Motorola did it first with the moto z not Apple.

12. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

At least Moto had a legit reason to remove it. The Moto Z really was too thin to fit one.

14. Lumia_Luigi

Posts: 173; Member since: Mar 22, 2017

But the Z2 play has one. Go figure

17. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

The moto z force doesn't got one and it's thicker than the z. No real reason to remove the headphone jack.

25. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That wasn't the reason they removed it, there are thinner phones and tablets that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. Lenovo wanted to be the 1st to do it after all the rumors and leakes talked about Apple dropping the headphone jack. Just like as Huawei did with force touch, they rushed it just to beat Apple to it.

7. toosmoove

Posts: 914; Member since: Sep 28, 2017

The adapter for my Note 8 came with the phone. No wait, that was the headphones. Lol.

8. you_sukk_it

Posts: 219; Member since: Apr 11, 2017

why the feck the need for selling a dongle. add $20 to the price of the phone and give us a 3.5mm jack aszholes! feck this dongle shet! id take google ceo heads, htc and tim cook and slam them together. 3 stooges! THANK YOU LG AND SAMSUNG FOR NOT REMOVING THE 3.5MM PORT!!

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It's only a matter of time for them to join the bandwagon and come up with bulls**t excuses like "no internal space" or "courage" or "newer technology" or whatever. f**k this trend.

15. TechGirl90 unregistered

I truly hope not!! Because I am considering going back to LG’s Products, it will be incredibly stupid of them to remove such a convenience, especially with them touting the 32 Bit Quad DAC in the Korean Variant of the G6 and the recently launched LGV30. What Apple, Google, Motorola, HTC (specifically their products that contains the abscence of the 3.5 mm Headphone Jack) fail to realize is that by plugging and unplugging your charger or USBC Headphones/Lightning Cable Headphones it expedites the deterioration of it’s integrity. Most (if not all) of the USB-C Ports are soldered on the Mainboard and in order to get a new USB-C Port due to the other one being damaged, you’ll have to up some money for a new Mainboard when all you really wanted was a new USB-C Port. (Apple separates the Lightning port from the Mainboard for easy replacement instead of replacing the entire Mainboard for a new Port.) This is one of the main reasons why I find the Headphone Jack as an important Component that shouldn’t be tossed away for the sake of thinness or reduction of Production Costs, etc. Integrity wouldn’t be lost faster due to separating the Headphone feature from the charging port, folks can listen to music while their phone charge. I feel this will bite Apple, Google, Motorola, HTC in the butt eventually.

18. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Agreed. The problem is their is no superior tech to justify the removal of the headphone jack so why remove it in the first place? People buying these new phones will only encourage these OEMs to remove it completely with no back lash to these companies.

21. TechGirl90 unregistered

True! I really hope LG and Samsung don’t go that route, it would really suck for us Consumers :(

26. maherk

Posts: 6879; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I believe they won't. For the last few years, Samsung and LG have been the pioneers in the smartphone industry, and they've been the only ones who I can think about that aren't following everything Apple and Google doing.

31. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

And Sony

38. darkkjedii

Posts: 31052; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said bro...good post. I hope Samsung keeps it, I love plugging in the aux jack, and my charger, and going on a nice solo mini road trip, and the battery stays at 100%

41. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3106; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

True. I enjoy listening to my music the most while driving my car. Especially in the night with chill music. Oh boy it feels nice.

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31052; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Love it, and I hate having to use Bluetooth, or buying an adapter.

34. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

It already comes in the box with the phone for free. This is if you have to replace it or want a spare.

9. Arashmahmoodi25

Posts: 132; Member since: Apr 07, 2017

this is the future

16. AronWunarso

Posts: 242; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

Can't they just bundle it in the box for free?

32. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

For free? Google just wants free money by selling hen stupid dongles.

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