Unlike Apple, that dedicated copiousness of time to a “courageous” pierce to kill a 3.5mm headphone jack final year, Google never unequivocally addressed a matter on stage, preferring to sensitively spirit during it. It talked about improved front-facing speakers, and it introduced Pixel-branded intelligent wireless earphones though explaining because they’re unequivocally needed.
Everyone in a assembly who followed a Pixel 2 rumors already knew that Google was about to turn “courageous,” usually like Apple. But Google didn’t utterly duplicate Apple here. Instead, Google killed a headphone jack quietly, with no witnesses.
The misfortune partial of all? One of Google’s “fixes” is even some-more costly than Apple’s.
Apple final year explained on theatre because it killed a headphone jack. Google didn’t.
Then it supposing several fixes for a newly combined problem. Google did that too, though worse.
Apple pronounced a iPhone 7 will broach stereo sound, a initial for a iPhone. Google did a same with a Pixel 2 phones.
Apple announced intelligent wireless headphones labelled during $159, a AirPods. Google matched a AirPods with a Pixel Buds earphones that also cost $159.
Apple pronounced that there’s going to be a dongle in a iPhone 7 box in further to a Lightning EarPods so that aged 3.5mm headphones can be used with a new iPhone. Google never pronounced that. And by a way, a Pixel 2 does not boat with any kind of headphones in a box.
Then Apple addressed a matter on a iPhone 7 product pages. To comprehend there’s no headphone jack on a Pixel 2, we have to go a specs page and notice a port’s absence.
I get it, Google has a possess approach of murdering a headphone jack, and it doesn’t seem to unapproachable to do it. Which brings me to a misfortune probable thing about Google’s way: a cost of a dongle. The 3.5mm-to-USB-C dongle is usually as unsightly as Apple’s 3.5mm-to-Lightning connector. And we can remove Google’s usually as easily. But Google charges $20 for a dongle, while Apple wants usually $9 for a accessory. That’s unequivocally a startling move. Is this Google’s homogeneous of “Apple tax”?
The misfortune thing we can do if we remove your iPhone dongle is to use a mint Lightning EarPods that come with a phone. It’s expected they’re dark somewhere in a drawer if we rest on a dongle to broach sound to your ears. On a Pixel 2 however, that choice isn’t available. Google did not emanate connected USB-C headphones of a own.
If we wish to listen to song and recharge your iPhone, it costs $35 or $40, depending on what kind of connected headphones we devise to use. Google’s dongle that offers both a USB-C and a 3.5mm pier costs $45.