Google refreshes its USB-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter, and it's now $12 instead of $9

One would think that a USB Type-C to 3.5mm headphone adapter is pretty simple. After all, they simply exist to provide a headphone jack in handsets where it was removed. But as it turns out, there's room for a refreshed model in Google's lineup.

Spotted by Android Police, the device provides 53% lower latency and 38% longer playback on Pixel devices. The store listing, however, says that it works best with "Pixel and other devices running Android P or higher." In other words, you might not see the same improvements from handsets not running Android 9.0 Pie yet, which is the vast majority of them.

The new one is also a tiny bit smaller than the previous model. You won't notice any actual changes, as it's just 2.8mm shorter, and the other dimensions are less than a millimeter smaller.

The most notable change though is likely the price. Rather than costing $9 like the old one did, the new dongle costs $12. When the original dongle first came out, it was $20. Because that was so excessive, the company quickly reduced it to $9.

If you want to pick up the new adapter, you can find it here.

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