Google Reduces its Ridiculously-priced Dongle to Apple’s Level


Google took a page out of the book of Apple and eliminated the headphone jack with its new Pixel 2 phones. This means that if you want to enjoy some music on a set of old-school headphones with a 3.5 mm connection, you are gonna need a dongle.

When the first Pixel USB-C to 3.5 mm jack dongle was unveiled, there was a major problem: Google proposed to sell the accessory for $20. That is twice the cost of the headphone jack workaround of Apple, which is available for $9. Unsurprisingly, people online were not happy.

Sure, each brand new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will include a dongle in the box when the phones are released on October 19, but those little things get lost easily. Peope usually keep their dongles attached to a pair of over the ear headphones just to keep it from being misplaced or lost. However, if you are switching between multiple sets, you will probably want at least two dongles, just in case.

The move of Google to decrease the cost of the dongle preemptively shows that it has learned by following in the footsteps of Apple. In 2016, one of the big marketing points of the first-gen Pixel was that it had a headphone jack, which the iPhone 7 famously lacked — so when the second model rolled around without one, the best move would reasonably be to retain the switch under the radar with comparably priced accessories.

You will now be able to stock up on extra dongles for less than $10, and Google and Apple are on equal footing. But seriously, if the iPhone 7 was not reason enough to switch to wireless headphones, this should be your last straw.