Apple vs Google in a headphone dongle price war is so 2017

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 14, 2017

On the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL, Google opted to drop the 3.5mm headphone jack, even after lambasting Apple's similar removal from the iPhone the year before.

When Google launched the revamped store with all those new Pixel accessories, the "USB-C Digital to 3.5 mm headphone adapter" was priced at $20.

This might not seem like a big deal to most everyday average tech users.

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With the USB-C to headphone jack adapter, Google didn't need to be especially competitive while their Pixels had their own headphone jacks. Although every new Pixel 2 ships with the dongle in the box, a replacement costs $20. Due to whatever pressure or criticism, the Google Store followed suit today and interestingly lowered the price of the headphone dongle to match Apple's exactly.

But in contrast to Apple, who sells a Lightning to 3.5mm adapter for only $9, Google's pricing decision was a bit ridiculous. The first one comes free - it's only after you lose that first one that you've got to buy another.

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