Instead of bringing back the headphone jack, Google rolls out a new USB-C to 3.5 mm dongle

Instead of bringing back the headphone jack, Google rolls out a new USB-C to 3.5 mm dongle
There aren’t a lot of questions left unanswered ahead of Apple’s big 2018 iPhone family launch event tomorrow, but one thing that remains unclear is the port situation on the Xs, Xs Plus, Xc (or Xr), as well as those two new iPad Pros.

Even if the company’s proprietary Lightning connector is to be replaced with universally compatible USB-C technology, which continues to seem unlikely, one feature that’s definitely not making a comeback is the traditional headphone jack.

The same goes for Google’s stock Android-powered Pixel smartphone family, although if it makes you feel any better, the Pixel 3 and 3 XL will (obviously) come with a USB Type-C port each, supporting a new type of headphone adapter.

Google’s upgraded in-house dongle has been discreetly made available in the US at a $12 price. The USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter apparently “works best on Pixel and other devices running Android P or higher”, but ironically, Apple’s own Lightning to 3.5 mm dongle is 3 bucks cheaper. Who’s greedy now?

Of course, the search giant is trying to justify the premium by claiming the new adapter provides “38% more playback time and has a 53% improvement on plug-in latency than previously available Pixel 2 headphone adapter.” 

That might be so, but it would have been even better if Google just admitted its 2017 error in judgment. The audio jack is not dead, and the dongle life is not worth living.

source: Google Store via Android Police



1. notfair

Posts: 719; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Such a childish article... " Who’s greedy now?" really? buhuhuuu

17. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

Adrian trys to get others to stop looking at the stick that comes from Apple with their excessive overcharging it's customers. So Adrian has to point others over to another stink. Putting all that aside. There are some benefits to a USBC to 3.5 mm audio jack dongle. USBC can support a lot more power. If you buy a USBC mini hub with at least dual USBC ports, then you can drive more than one 3.5 audio jack. Plus USBC can support a lot of power. Also with USBC (USB 3.1) is fast enough to drive a 4k monitor and multiple audio sources simultaneously from the Pixels.

2. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 455; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

No headphone jack, no sale. We need to vote with our wallets people or they'll think they can keep doing this!

4. mrochester

Posts: 978; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Nothing to vote for. No headphone jack is fine as we moved onto Bluetooth headphones years ago. You just need to get some Bluetooth headphones.

11. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Sure, give is more crap with batteries that are completely depleted after 3 years and that we need to charge every goddamn day. Not to mention that that jack isn't only used for headphones!

14. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No, some settled for lower quality audio and needing to keep yet another item charged. Nobody was calling for the 3.5mm to be removed.

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

For the highest quality, there's always lightning/USB connected headsets; unless you have an "ancient" piece of hardware which can hardly be called "quality" by today's standards, or you don't want to cough out the money to pay for the quality you're talking about. Plus, dongles come embedded in the packages so you just stick your headset jack in the dongle and just keep it like that; a cable is still a cable, even with an appendix of 10 cm.

3. Venom

Posts: 3410; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

While it is Apple's fault for starting the trend in mobile, it's actually the Gameboy Advance SP that did the no headphone jack first. Just something to think about.

12. epdm2be

Posts: 819; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

That still isn't an excuse for every other jackass manufacturer to follow suit!

5. Supraman21

Posts: 467; Member since: Jun 09, 2010

The original adapter that came with the Pixel 2 was pretty crappy. When plugged in or out there'd be an audible click and popping sound.


Posts: 202; Member since: Dec 08, 2012


7. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You guys are complaining - been using BT since 2012 - not going back ever, untangling wires 3 times a day sucks.

9. Tipus

Posts: 847; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

It's about companies restricting your choice what to use, not " using BT since 2012 - not going back ever "

15. sissy246

Posts: 7070; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

If you put your wired headphones up right you shouldn't have to untangle any wires. Just saying, lol

16. iushnt

Posts: 3086; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

So, back in 2012 when your phone had head phone jack, did it affect your experience in any way to use Bluetooth headphones?

19. ullokey

Posts: 177; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

Charging one more device twice everyday sucks as well

28. mrochester

Posts: 978; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Why don’t you just charge them every few weeks when the battery has ran out like the rest of us?

20. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You guys are like flies on honey! I meant, that options are great and all, but I have zero issues with jack removed. It’s an opinion, and it matters because that’s the future. I gave it a shot a while back and I a don’t disagree with manufacturers removing it. You guys are acting like there’s no way to listen to music unless you have a Bt headset - which is entirely not true. But, my point was, all the complaining for inevitable, give it a chance and you’ll see the benefits of not needing a jack at all. ( I know I sound like a PR guy). But I’m saying this to you with compassion - I don’t want to see you guys hurting especially that wireless is the future, and you guys can’t let go of the ambilical cord. Yeah it’s convinent to eat without using your mouth - but you gotta let go some day!

8. maherk

Posts: 6770; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

If these greedy companies believe that the future is wireless, then why don't they provide us with wireless headphones out of the box?

21. Vokilam

Posts: 1181; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Now that’s the only complaint that’s legitimate on this topic!!! The rest can have their horse and carriage - I chose the automobile in 2012 and I’m loving wireless life.

10. LetThereBeLight

Posts: 112; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

I actually like this no jack idea. So now I can have the best DAC independent of the phones I use. I have a p20 pro and bought an HTC dongle and sounds awesome!

22. worldpeace

Posts: 3127; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Most people don't want to pay extra money for a nice DAC, and external DAC is kinda bulky. While DAC inside those cheap lightning/USB-C to 3.5mm included in box sound terrible.

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yet most of the time, extra quality costs extra money; you can either chose to pay for it or not.

13. D34ever

Posts: 224; Member since: Jul 14, 2018


18. frozz

Posts: 32; Member since: Jul 10, 2017

stupid and lame, i don't want to bring along another peripheral on my travels instead i want to bring less get it google ?? don't be like that stupid company name after a fruit taking off all features in a phone. Do Innovate please not copy !!

25. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Just stick your jack in this dongle and it is going to be a single peripheral on your travels.

26. Leo_MC

Posts: 7203; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

The 3.5 mm jack is dead and soon to be buried; deal with that.

27. CboyC95

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 01, 2018

What the f*ck, Google! All we want is for the headphone jack to come back! Is that so much to ask for?!

29. CboyC95

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 01, 2018

For the love of God, people, do not buy the Pixel 3 when it comes out. Let Google know that "the customer is always right" and that people still care about the headphone jack.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.