Sunday, April 27, 2014

Why Doesn't Wired Headset Remote Buttons Work on Android?

There seems to be some confusion on wired headsets for Android, as in "why doesn't the remote control" work? Something similar to this:



You can find this in most discount stores, for price of somewhere like $5 to $10 if you buy cheap ones, or they can go for $100+ if you go for fancy brand like Dr. Dre Beatz. But that little microphone bud has like 3 buttons (or maybe just 1). 

And they do NOT work on Android. Wonder why? 

Because that's covered by an Apple patent. Really. Granted in 2011. 

Apple could have been gracious and let everybody use that design, and every cheap headphone maker already do, but no. Apple back then was like "NO YOU CAN'T!"

So Android ended up with a different headphone plug design. The plugs are identical, but the signals passed along are different enough so that the Apple headset won't work on Android plugs... and vice versa.

But there is hope!