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

Google Slashes Price of Pixel 2 USB-C to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter After Uproar

Copying Apple, Google mercifully drops its $20 Pixel USB-C headphone dongle to $9

Google's gone to war with Apple with a single accessory, one dongle that connects the past to the future: the headphone jack adapter.

Google released a new USB-C to 3.5mm dongle following the reveal earlier this month of the headphone jack-less Pixel 2. Google's just reduced the price of this dongle from $20 down to $9. But a difference is made based on the way vocal users react to generational changes in smartphone companies' most major hardware.

The removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack on the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL has been a sticking point for some.

With the USB-C to headphone jack adapter, Google didn't need to be especially competitive while their Pixels had their own headphone jacks. 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.

Both Apple and Google provide an adapter in the box with their latest smartphones.

So for such a simple connection with no extension of abilities beyond the basics, $9 is a fair price. As such, the Google Store listed that adapter for sale.

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