Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Google Releases Improved USB-C Headphone Adapter, Raises Price

Google Releases Improved USB-C Headphone Adapter, Raises Price

After all, they simply exist to provide a headphone jack in handsets where it was removed. Meanwhile, the new adapter also offers 38 percent more music playback time when compared to the previous model. Now, just a month before the release of the Pixel 3 and 3 XL, the search giant has released a refreshed adapter. That could be because it's now the company's only product that requires the adapter, although it does also mention "other devices running Android P or higher". It's additionally ever-so-a dinky bit smaller than the 2017 adapter, measuring in at 3.67 in. long, Zero.forty six in. extensive, and Zero.3 in. colossal, and weighing accurate Zero.17g. This change is reportedly due to a more power-efficient design.

Google has yet to announce the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, but considering the old headphone adapter has been replaced altogether on Google's site, it stands to reason that this will be the adapter to ship with the new Pixel phones.

The increase in price does seem to be justified by the improvements, but if you do not want to invest in Google's original adaptor, then you can also look for other third-party adaptors. The price fell to $9 in short order (matching Apple's price for that company's comparable product). I'd hate to imagine the markup on these things, but you can grab the updated version from Google's store directly below.

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