Google aped Apple when they decided to do away with the headphone jack in its new Pixel 2 phones — implying the requirement of a dongle if you want to enjoy some music on a set of wired headphones with a 3.5 mm connection.
There was a major problem since the first Pixel USB-C to 3.5 mm jack dongle was announced. Google intended to sell the accessory for a whopping $20. That’s double the cost of Apple ’s headphone jack, which can be bought for $9.
Every brand new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL will come with a dongle included in the box for sure. However, those little buggers are prone to get lost easily.
Google’s move to slash the dongle’s cost tactically demonstrates that it has learned by emulating Apple’s example. A year ago, one of the first-gen Pixel’s enormous promoting focuses was that it had an earphone jack, which was famously lacking in the iPhone 7. When the second version rolled out, Google’s best move was presumably to slyly keep their shift under covers by pricing accessories comparably.
With Apple and Google on the equal footing, extra dongles can be stocked up for less than 10$ now.