A couple of weeks ago Google announced the 3.5mm-free Pixel 2, along with an adaptor that lets people use regular wired headphones with the new phone. An adaptor that cost £20, which made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move. Now Google seems to have agreed, dropping the price for a dose of Apple parity.
That's a good move. Even though Google, like Apple, ships its latest phone with 3.5mm adaptor in the box, people are going to need to replace them at some point. Dongles are small, and get lost and/or broken rather easily. Having to fork out £20 just because you don't have wireless headphones is a bit shitty. Especially when you're being undercut on price by Apple, which is notorious for price gauging where cables are concerned. £9 isn't what I'd call cheap, but it's a hell of a lot more reasonable.
Since the dongle isn't actually available to purchase yet, Google doesn't have to worry about angry droves of people who already bought the £20 dongle and want their money back. Still if you had spent £20 on a dongle without shopping around, and for a phone that isn't even out yet, it's your own damn fault you got ripped off.
There's still no sign of the adaptor that lets you use 3.5mm headphones and charge your phone at the same time (it's available in the US), though it'll presumably arrive sometime closer to launch. [Slashgear]