It's an odd way to improve battery life, but if you're still carrying around headphone dongles in your pocket, this is probably worth the upgrade. But now Google is raising the price back up to $12 as its introduces a new model of adapter which is smaller and more powerful than its predecessor.
One would think that a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter is pretty simple.
As Google unveils their new Pixel 3 phones (and other goodies) at their Made by Google event in NY, it appears Google France is also jumping in on the action with a parallel launch on the same day.
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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. It's also slightly shorter and lighter than before.
Of course, the search giant is trying to justify the premium by claiming the new adapter provides "38% more playback time and has a 53% improvement on plug-in latency than previously available Pixel 2 headphone adapter". Google is only offering the cable in White color, like all its cables. The store listing, however, says that it works best with "Pixel and other devices running Android P or higher". When the original dongle first came out, it was $20. Not to mention, you also get the option of choosing a different color.