Listening to your Pixel Phone
We want to provide a little more information about headphone options for the Pixel 2. The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack but we have moved to USB-C, a standard that is becoming commonplace in the best phones and laptops of today. Moving to the USB-C audio port with Pixel 2 allows us to provide a better audio and digital experience, as we move towards a bezel-less future.
We realize that some of you might be looking for USB-C headphones, and we want to provide some guidance around headphone compatibility with Pixel 2 devices. The main thing to keep in mind is that Pixel 2 devices are compatible with USB-C headphones that support digital audio.
Here is a list of Made By Google or Made For Google headphones that have been verified to be compatible with the Pixel 2:
Google Pixel Buds
Libratone QAdapt In-Ear USB-C - Storm/Cloud
Libratone QAdapt Over-Ear BT - Storm/Cloud
AiAiAi TMA-2 Modular MFG1 Preset (USB-C)
AiAiAi TMA-2 Modular MFG2 Preset (USB-C)
AiAiAi TMA-2 Modular MFG3 Preset (USB-C)
AiAiAi TMA-2 Modular MFG4 Preset (USB-C)
AiAiAi TMA-2 Modular MFG5 Preset (USB-C)
AiAiAi H60 - Bluetooth headband MFG
AiAiAi TMA-2 Modular Wireless MFG6 Preset (Bluetooth)
AiAiAi TMA-2 Modular Wireless MFG7 Preset (Bluetooth)
AiAiAi TMA-2 Modular Wireless MFG8 Preset (Bluetooth)
Master & Dynamic ME05 Earphones brass with black chrome finish (USB-C) - Coming soon
Master & Dynamic ME05 Earphones brass with Palladium finish (USB-C) - Coming soon
Master & Dynamic MH30 Earphones Black Or Silver (USB-C) - Coming soon
Master & Dynamic MH40 Earphones Black Or Silver (USB-C) - Coming soon
Master & Dynamic MH50 Earphones Black Or Silver (USB-C/Bluetooth) - Coming soon
Master & Dynamic MH60 Earphones Black Or Silver (USB-C/Bluetooth) - Coming soon
We highly recommend sticking to the list above, but if you are looking to buy another pair of USB-C headphones that isn’t on the list, please make sure they are compatible with digital audio and other standards.
Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:
To give people a choice of audio options, we’ve included an adapter in the box which can be used with existing 3.5mm headphones
Other USB-C to 3.5mm adapters/splitters should work, but please be sure they are compatible with digital audio and support the proper audio standards
Pixel 2 supports audio adapters and headsets that communicate digitally over USB-C as defined by USB Audio Class 1/2/3. Pixel 2 does not support an analog audio signal over USB-C and subsequently will display an unsupported notification warning when an analog audio device is attached.
If you have any other questions, feel free to post here in the forum, and we’d be happy to help!
This is nothing but a way to monetise on additional accessories. Google could have easily put two USB C ports if you wanted customers to shift to USB C for audio.
I'd say the Pixel 1 is the last Google phone I'll own if this hostility towards your customers continues.
Do you know if any such headphone will be available soon?
I understand the market segmentation thought that people who can afford a flagship phone like this can also afford $150 type-c headphones, and a $50 dongle to allow charging + listening with 3.5mm (will there be another dongle, which turns one USB-C outlet into two, so that we can charge, and use our USB-C headphones? Oy.) and extra fancy Google wireless headphones.
And you know what? I can. But I won't. Nobody appreciates being forced into unnecessary purchases. "We now lined the streets with nails; but no worries, there's plenty of leak-stop-goo available at your corner store!" No. Just don't line the streets with nails, ffs. You want people to be able to use Type-C headphones? Fine. Enable it (I admit; I don't know the technical challenges involved with having both a 3.5mm jack and a digital signal; perhaps easy, perhaps hard, but it's freaking Google) and keep the jack for the rest of us.
This is poor, idiotic design, and a huge mistake. I was hoping that this was all a big joke; that the "leaks" were intentionally spreading misinformation, that the reveal would say, "haha, just kidding, look, we are better than Apple." But nope. Just straight silliness.
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