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Google Pixel 3 includes Pixel USB-C earbuds and dongle. What now, Apple?

Google one-ups the Cupertino Kid with its inclusion of Pixel USB-C earbuds and a dongle.
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October 9, 2018
Google Pixel USB-C earbuds in white next to Google Pixel 3.
The Google Pixel USB-C earbuds are included with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
TL;DR
  • Google Pixel USB-C earbuds support 24-bit audio and are included with the Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL.
  • Google Pixel 3 phones also include a dongle for 3.5mm listening.
  • Real-time translation of 40-plus languages with the Google Translate app.
  • The earbuds are available now for $30.

Live from New York, Google announced its much-leaked Google Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL phones, but lest we forget the included Google Pixel USB-C earbuds and dongle. Like the last year’s Pixel Buds, the Pixel USB-C earbuds allow for real-time Google Translate via the Google Translate app and retain the same loop architecture. What’s more, the USB-C earbuds support 24-bit audio playback.

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Unsurprisingly, the Google Pixel USB-C earbuds are “Made for Google” — much like the Jaybird Tarah — ensuring complete compatibility with Google devices. Listeners can ask Google Assistant for directions, to set reminders, send texts, and more. Additionally, users may receive notification updates.

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The inclusion of USB-C earbuds is appreciated, but the provided dongle is preferred for those avoiding the USB-C audio mess. Plus, it trumps Apple’s dongle misstep and reduces latency by 53 percent. Not to mention that the Google dongle reduces power consumption, resulting in 38 percent more playback time.

For those that aren’t getting the Pixel 3 but want the earbuds, the Pixel USB-C earbuds are available now for $30.