Android Central

Headset controls are something that iPhone users have taken for granted all of these years, with standardized volume up/down and play/pause buttons that work universally if the accessory is "made for iPhone". Poking around on my Galaxy Nexus running Jelly Bean and using the included Samsung earbuds, the in-line mic and button seem to work just as gracefully. Join me after the break for a quick video showing many ways the Galaxy Nexus’ headset can be used.

All of my preferred music and podcast applications -- while they're all quite popular -- seem to perfectly support the headset. BeyondPod, Pandora, TuneIn Radio and Google Play Music all handle playing and pausing with the button just fine. In addition to the normal media playback, the Galaxy Nexus headset supports a long press to bring up Google Now on Jelly Bean. With a long press, you're taken straight into Google Now and prompted for a voice action. Any normal voice action, such as "send text to..." and "call ...", as well as normal search terms work like a charm. Once you start using Google Now via the headset, you can really understand the excitement behind the latest Jelly Bean feature.

I'm not usually one to keep my headphones in more often than I need to. When I want to listen to music or a podcast, I fish the earbuds out of my bag, plug in and play, then put them back in my bag when I'm finished. These new headset controls I'm finding and using make me want to have my headphones handy more often.

Found any other applications that play nice with the headset on the Galaxy Nexus? Chime in in the comments and let us know.

There are 38 comments

frank.hart says:

So that was an interesting article. There's nothing newsworthy in here at all...

yenyob says:

It's an Android fan Site, not CNN Android Edition.

hfm says:

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mpvgsu says:

I am using samsung headset with PowerAmp app. Double press to play next song and single press stops it.
I also found "Sound Around" an interesting app, actually samsung headset mic is quite accurate with this app. When outside noise reaches defined threshold it stops music for a while and resume it when noise goes away. It helps to get attention to outside even with full volume in headset.

I would have to disagree with this article. The headset buttons work good till you pause a podcast or music then try to resume. It takes three consecutive clicks to get it to play again. I have a Verizon Galaxy Nexus running Bugless Beast Jelly Bean.

Start listening to a podcast. Make sure the screen is off. Now pause the podcast using the button on your headset. Count to five and click the headset button to resume. Nothing happens...

Am I the only one with this problem? Using Pocket Casts.

hfm says:

I use Doggcatcher for podcasts. I thought this at first as well until I realized a double tap restarts it after pausing. It's flawless now that I realize this. GSM GNex with pure stock jelly bean.

keilflex says:

dang man,i cant seem to find that wallpaper. its always been one of my favorites ever. lost it way back. any help would be awesome. thx.

dextroz#AC says:

Here you go:

lightyear420 says:

that's great, but I've been using headset controls with my skull candy headphones and my nexus s for almost a year already thanks to headset button controller app. It works great with every type of button configuration, and you can customize the button presses and the commands they control. Honestly, the native button control with galaxy nexus has nothing on this app!!

silverghozt says:

Agreed. SHame on Google for being so dense and not configuring it to work with 3 button remotes for independent volume control.

keilflex says:

just spent like 30 mins striaught looking for that wally, lol still no love.

keilflex says:

just spent like 30 mins striaught looking for that wally, lol still no love. its the lloyd one with the backpack on with the rocks.

ccrsems5 says:

Here is that image. Just found it for you.

Cappurnikus says:

I've found that headset controls work almost flawlessly with my stock Verizon S3 and the earbuds it shipped with.

HAAS599 says:

Thanks for the bloody lip Andrew.

Mr.Prayer says:

Nice promotion, Andrew.
Keep it up, man.

CheddarBo says:

I would give this a try myself if my d@mn cats didn't eat my headset.

sting7k says:

I wish they had volume control. Also, the iPhone headset works too for play/pausing.

richardpandy says:

No point in using the controls when these headsets are royal pieces of junk. From day 1 they didn't fit right and would either cause my ears to fatigue or just fall out. I have always used the beats one that come with the Rezound and haven't had a problem with them. Are they worth the $$? Hardly.

sdreelin says:

FYI.....most headsets like this will work. I know the set that came with the Blackberries work. I'm sure the Apple ones do too. I'm going to take the Blackberry ones and lop off the ear buds and replace it with a headphone jack so I can plug in a better set of earbuds.

rcook55 says:

I know that Apple earbuds' inline control will only Play/Pause and nothing else on my S3.

Nosferatu524 says:

basically just the middle button (you can program it to do more). The volume up/down buttons (3-button in line things made for apple) don't work. I have this problem with my Denon ear buds but I refuse to let go of those because I enjoy them so much.

Work great in PowerAMP.

slider999 says:

The thing is, the sound quality of the original headset is horrible. :S I asked the the Sennheiser support if they have any good quality in ear headset where the buttons work with android. They just got big ones or bluetooth. (I'm a big fan of Sennheiser headphones) :(

thelastred says:

Can u make a video using a three button

- urbeats
- htc  beats solo
- Sony smart headset
- Nocs NS200H-001

mtcowdog says:

Has anyone tried the Klipsch S4A? These are the "android" version of the S4I earbuds that work great with iOS devices.

silverghozt says:

There's no point. Get the S4is, so you're set on iOS or android. You can just get the headset controller app to manipulate how the S4is work on android.

VDub2174 says:

I never tried using the controls on the headset.

Gspot82 says:

Now if only they can make the bluetooth headsets pull up google now instead of the voice dialer we will be set.

I never realized this didn't work before. I had an HTC Rezound and just got a Nexus (replacing my destroyed Rezound) 2 months ago. My Beats Audio earbuds worked just fine in regards to Voice Search (Google Now since the 4.1.1 upgrade) and music.

karr.. says:

I had read about the audio controls enhancement in the articles related to Gingerbread, but was not sure how it did work with the headphones. This article was very helpful indeed. One thing I observed is it didnt work with the doubletwist homescreen widget. I had to launch the app and it seem to work. Need to test it with the Google play widget if it works or not.

mjserrata says:

How did you get the player on the lock screen for all those apps? Is it just a stock Jelly Bean feature?

Yes that's stock 4.1. Something the app has to do to have lockscreen controls I believe.

drhere says:

I use Bluetooth headsets, and the controls work good on the Gnex also.

ITM and good article.

silverghozt says:

Why in the hell can't android support the up / down volume buttons?! It's infuriating.

keilflex says:

Thx tons for the wallpaper link. Awesome. But i remember i used to love it so much before cause it was so clear hd. Those images are fuzzy. Ateast on the nex 7.idk.still appreciate it huge cause i looked forever. But i remember phil linked it like a year ago and i put it on my nexus one it was super detailed. Anyway. Thx. But i did have a question if ya feel like answering. Why, in jellybean, do we have to use that rediculous crop feature thats like not even a perfect square when we want to use a wallpaper? Why do we have to crop. It never getz yhe whole pic. Thx guys.

vicson88 says:

with my nexus 4(no password, or lock), holding the button for long time triggers nothing while the phone is sleep (screen off) but works fine when the screen is on

please help me, i need itleast voice dialing for when im in the car