Instead of bringing back the headphone jack, Google rolls out a new USB-C to 3.5 mm dongle
by Adrian Diaconescu / Sep 11, 2018, 8:44 AM
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.
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Such a childish article... " Who’s greedy now?" really? buhuhuuu
posted on Sep 11, 2018, 8:52 AM 14
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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.
posted on Sep 11, 2018, 9:09 PM 2
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No headphone jack, no sale. We need to vote with our wallets people or they'll think they can keep doing this!
posted on Sep 11, 2018, 9:56 AM 7
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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.
posted on Sep 11, 2018, 10:47 AM 3
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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.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 2:40 AM 0
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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.
posted on Sep 11, 2018, 10:22 AM 2
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You guys are complaining - been using BT since 2012 - not going back ever, untangling wires 3 times a day sucks.
posted on Sep 11, 2018, 11:16 AM 3
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Charging one more device twice everyday sucks as well
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 1:55 AM 0
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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!
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 2:09 AM 0
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If these greedy companies believe that the future is wireless, then why don't they provide us with wireless headphones out of the box?
posted on Sep 11, 2018, 11:28 AM 5
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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!
posted on Sep 11, 2018, 12:11 PM 1
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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.
posted on Sep 12, 2018, 2:12 AM 1
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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 !!
posted on Sep 11, 2018, 10:11 PM 0
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