Headset media buttons don't work with Android apps

Tracked by Jolla (In progress)

asked 2019-06-21 12:02:24 +0200

pilino gravatar image

updated 2020-04-17 14:02:11 +0200

My headphones have media buttons (play/pause, volume up, volume down), and they work great with the standard SFOS media player app.

However, I want to use them with Android apps such as Spotify, but they don't seem to work:

  • Play/pause button: Does not work at all, including double-press to skip current song and triple-press to rewind. Everything works fine with SFOS media player.
  • Volume up & volume down: Only works when device is "awake" (I have to press the power button to turn on the screen); when playing from the SFOS media player I can also change volume when the device is locked (screen completely off), which is very comfortable. I can't do that when playing media from an Android app, instead I always have to "wake up" the device.

This is the same with the phone's own volume buttons: They always work when I'm using the SFOS media player, but if I'm playing from Android media apps I always have to "wake up" the device.

I'm not sure where the problem lies; the MPRIS interface to Spotify works without problems (I can see and use the media buttons on the lockscreen), and the headphone buttons work with the Media Player app.

I've experienced this problem since the start of Android support for XA2, and it's still present with the latest versions: Sony Xperia XA2 with Sailfish version

UPDATE: This issue is still present in, exactly as described above.

UPDATE 18.11.2019: This issue is still present, still exactly as described above.

UPDATE 03.02.2020: Issue still present in

UPDATE 17.04.2020: Issue still present in

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unfortunately still not implemented

babo ( 2019-06-21 17:18:04 +0200 )edit

@babo Should I re-tag it as a feature-request rather than a bug in that case?

pilino ( 2019-06-21 17:20:16 +0200 )edit

It is still a bug not a feature,but Jolla already aware of it.Lets hope that a fix will be included in the upcoming update

babo ( 2019-06-22 15:17:24 +0200 )edit

Also while playing songs, navigating Spotify or any other android app will pause music playback until it's completed.

santhoshmanikandan ( 2019-11-19 05:12:23 +0200 )edit

I am diving into the true wireless topic; actually a bare BT headset is only capable to stop a call (one button press)...

What about implement a wider support, something like "double tap" that open the Browser in search field? (similar to an AI assistant, and probably more effective)

minojolla ( 2019-11-19 11:09:07 +0200 )edit