This week Google responded to public outcry about the lack of a standard audio headphone jack for the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL. The response comes from Google Pixel/Nexus Community Manager Orrin Hancock. “The Pixel 2 still comes with a headphone jack,” said Hancock, “but we have moved to USB-C, a standard that is becoming commonplace in the best phones and laptops of today.”
In his forum response, Hancock’s wording is a little off – especially if you consider a headphone jack to be just that, and not a jack combined with all sorts of other functionalities. On the positive side of this situation, Hancock does mention the adapter (see below)* as well as a big fat list of USB-C headphones that’ve thus far been confirmed to work with the Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
In a Google Support forum for the Pixel Phone collection, Hancock continued. “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.” He then went on to make a list of USB-C headphones that’ve been confirmed to work with the Pixel 2’s USB-C (as included in the snapshot above.)
*Hancock also mentioned – or confirmed, rather – that the Google Pixel 2 will come with an adapter in the box. This adapter connects to USB-C and converts to standard 3.5mm headphones. Hancock also suggested that other headphones, adapters, and splitters should work, but that users should “please be sure that they are compatible with digital audio and support the proper audio standards.”
What’s suggested generally means to avoid analog audio through USB-C, since neither the Pixel nor the Pixel 2 support analog audio through their USB-C jack. Instead, look for Digital Audio from a brand you trust – and even then, making sure the device works before purchasing it (if that’s possible in your situation) is always best.