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I have Bose MIE2 earbuds and a Nexus 5 running Android KitKat 4.4.2. The earbuds have a two-sided button:

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Hitting this button in different ways during audio playback triggers different actions. I'm trying to figure out the controls. So far, I've found:

  • single tap, either side:
    • Google Play Music: play/pause
    • Audible: play/pause
    • Stitcher Radio: pause, but no play
  • double tap, either side: forward one track
    • Google Play Music: forward one track
    • Audible: nothing, just pauses and plays (interpreted as 2 single taps)
    • Stitcher Radio: nothing, just pauses (interpreted as 2 single taps)
  • press and hold, either side
    • All Contexts: voice google search

There are also supposed to be ways to answer and make calls, but I haven't discovered them yet.

Questions

  • is there a standard reference for what the different tap patterns are supposed to do?
  • is there a way to program the controls to achieve a consistent interface across applications?
  • do all headphone manufacturers implement basically the same headphone controls, so that apps for manipulating one brand will work for other brands?
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  1. is there a standard reference for what the different tap patterns are supposed to do?

Basically, what you have noted is how most BT headphones function with their buttons.

  1. is there a way to program the controls to achieve a consistent interface across applications?

No, since each app maker decides whether or how to implant/interpret BT controls. It can be quite annoying when playing from different apps and the pause button does not work.

  1. do all headphone manufacturers implement basically the same headphone controls, so that apps for manipulating one brand will work for other brands?

From my experience, owning several BT headphones, the buttons are always the same, but the placement is not. I tried finding a BT standard in hopes to find if the buttons are standardized, but I was not able to make any grounds.

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