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

For many smartphone fans, the absence of a 3.5mm headphone jack brings the need for yet another dongle to add to their burgeoning collection.

Both Apple and Google provide an adapter in the box with their latest smartphones. However, replacements aren’t cheap, especially in the case of the new Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL smartphones.

The company has been selling a USB-C to 3.5mm jack for a whopping $20 through its online store.

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For that, you’d think Google had created an adapter/charger like the Moshi USB accessory it also sells online.

Thankfully, after no shortage of criticism, Mountain View has dropped the price to just $9 (via 9to5Google).

It’s no coincidence this is exactly the same price as Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm dongle.

Samsung flying the flag

The Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are the first Google-branded phones to arrive without the headphone jack.

Samsung continues to fly the flag for those who prefer wired headphones.

During the recent Galaxy Note 8 launch event, confirmation the headphone jack was staying got a hearty round of applause from the Samsung faithful.

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