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Based on evidence from two tipsters, it seems all but inevitable that Google Now will be receiving media and music playback controls at some point in the future. Some users are already seeing these actions in proto-form on their devices, which can be activated simply by saying "next song." What appears, if your account is enabled for the feature, is shown in the left screenshot. If the function doesn't work, you'll see the one on the right.

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If it's enabled, it does work, but the only commands we're aware of right now are next track and stop music. You can see a video of it in action below. As for use cases, the obvious ones here are wearables and vehicles. There's really not much sense in doing this with your phone by itself (unless you use OK Google commands via an inline headphone mic), but for cars and smartwatches this is probably a necessity.

Thanks, MO and Juan!

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Cory S

    even inline mics typically have next track buttons.

    • Justin W

      Some have just the single button, which can be used to pause/launch voice actions. I don't know whether they launch Now into voice or not though.

      • Simon Belmont

        Usually a long press on a wired headset will launch Google Search (if the screen is on and unlocked). They had recently added that ability with Bluetooth headsets (I think it was version 3.2 of Search).

        But with 3.5 they broke that and it doesn't work anymore. My guess is they're going to bring it back and make it more usable (even when the screen is off).

  • fasd

    Its live for me! (I never get selected by Google servers to test something...)
    I just received a Google search update so maybe it will be rolled out to everybody! :)

    • Paul_Werner

      Same here, I don't remember a time I was selected but I got this one

  • cmbeid

    "Controlling media is not supported on this device." Well, not enabled for me.

  • Alok Sharma

    Working for me. Got the update today.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I don't believe today's update had anything to do with this, it was a very minor bump. Still doesn't work for me anyway.

      • Justin Swanson

        I haven't got the search update and it works for me. Seems account based like "Ok Google" everywhere

      • Alexei Watson

        Does todays update fix the behaviour introduced in 3.5.15.xx where voice search over bluetooth no longer uses the voice call channel?

        In the car it used to take priority over any in car audio, whereas now, the radio keeps playing and you hear no audio prompt.

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        I can't believe it! I got a Google feature before Artem!

  • http://youtube.com/jedijens Jens Törnblad

    I tried this a couple of days ago and thought it had been there a long time. It worked pretty well. Glad to hear I'm in Google's testing group for a change. :)

    • fasdf

      How is this useful? Now never recognizes anything when im playing music

      • Giorgio Aresu

        Yeah obviously it has problems when you're playing audio through phone speakers but when using headset it's perfect..

  • JPB

    I think we're starting to see some "mop up" of Google Now search ahead of Android Auto. It makes sense. My guess is that next up, we'll be seeing "Text to..." finally read back your message before sending it and some kind of timed control where Google's prompt goes away after a time after you've used it from another app. That makes for much better no-hands use.

    • Simon Belmont

      This is what I have wanted for ages (Siri and Cortana can do it with ease). Just read me my incoming messages, notifications, and read back dictated messages for error checking or revision before sending , PLEASE.

      That would literally make using my phone touchless. All voice driven prompts.

  • Daniel

    Finally! Kind of a necessity for proper use in Android Auto

  • KERR

    Got a new update (7 July). Can't tell the version number though.

    • Jeff718

      Find the app in Application Settings

    • Simon Belmont

      It's 3.5.16. A very minor bump from the previous version, which was 3.5.15.

      Most likely this feature wasn't brought with this update. I wager it was a turned on server-side.

  • NW_Raver

    Tested. Worked for me on the first try.

  • Jeff718

    Every time I try 'next track'... http://imgur.com/euCrLBv

  • maestro PL

    I confirm. Works on my N5 after today's search update.

  • Martin Halada

    Same here, works after today´s update (not sure if it´s related, though)

  • Jason Bowers

    Play music, Pause music, next song, next track, previous song, previous track all work for me. I now hope for an easier way to rate tracks.

    • tehboogieman

      Also stop music

    • NexusPhan

      Same. Was a while ago I noticed it all working

    • Roh_Mish

      I see the option. But it does not works. Even tapping on the go button does not works

  • Ryan O’Neill

    The widespread release of Android Wear and Android Auto should encourage Google to put a little more effort into voice commands.

    • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

      Aaand make it international. F*cking please make international.

      • Daniel Tuffs

        UK here using UK English can confirm these media controls work here

      • thisphuckinguy

        Currently in Poland. Works with US English.

      • chinna_rao

        works in India with US Englsih

  • Mustafa Selçuk Öztürk

    Got update few minutes ago, can confirm its working.

  • Anthony Castanza

    Very nice! Now if only Google would fix "Set a timer" on the L preview everything would be perfect!

    • http://www.facebook.com/aarontrevor Aaron Sentell

      That was already fixed! Or did you mean it is broken in L?

      • Anthony Castanza

        Yeah, somehow they managed to break it again in the L preview.

  • Dean

    Not me ;_;

  • Kevin Aaronson

    Not supported and don't have google how everywhere, why you no like me Google 😓

    • NexusPhan

      Just search Google now for "Google now everywhere" and it will appear in the settings

      • Kevin Aaronson

        Man I have seriously tried everything, google now everywhere search both voice and text, enabled dogfood controls and tried to manually force, deleted google search and reinstalled, moved google Search to system app, used the Xposed module that supposedly enables google everywhere and data wipes and force closes galore. The only thing I haven't tried is a factory reset. My nexus 7 has it so surely my account on google's server isn't f'd up.

        • http://www.terrycameron.ca/ Terry Cameron

          Any chance you're not on US English?

          • Kylecore

            I'm Canada - English. Not working for me :(

          • Kevin Aaronson

            Yes i am, and if i wasnt the option would still be there though just greyed out.

          • TJ Benson

            Do you have a moto x like me (I know, not likely if you actually care about ok everywhere)? Search doesn't support hotword detection on it because of the system level hotword, I assume.

        • fasdf

          Have you tried restarting 3 times

        • Roger

          I had it on my Nexus 5 and then it went away for a few days.. then it randomly came back.. Not sure what was going on with it.

        • grumpyfuzz

          when you did the dogfood controls, did you remember to save your settings? :P

        • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

          I deleted app settings so I could get Ok Google in portuguese faster but then I came back to english because of Ok Google Everywhere and the search trick. Switched to english, cleaned app settings again and searched for ok google everywhere, BAM! It was here.
          Try switching languages.

  • remister

    This is only good for one thing only
    Ok Google, Stop......
    Hammer Time!

    • http://www.terrycameron.ca/ Terry Cameron

      Say "Stop Music"

      • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

        BLB: Says stop music, next track plays.

  • Bad_Attitude

    Working on both my N5 and N7 without Google Now enabled. "Everywhere" also works but only using it on my home screens. I think calling this "Voice Search" would be more accurate for some of us! ;)

  • Frank DeAwoken

    I actually noticed it working on mine a few days ago (after a google search update). I thought it was active for everyone. Hooray! What I can say is it's a little wonky. For me it only works with "play next track". if I say song instead, no go. Also, it has trouble recognizing the ok Google command while music is playing. I'm running Paranoid Android 4.4 RC2 (haven't upgraded yet) on a Galaxy Nexus, in Canada.

    • http://mwinter.in/ Yan Gabriel Minário

      You're using the same device as me. Also the same ROM. Also the same version. Also the same theme.

      • Alexandre Leites

        that's a true love story.

  • Ryan Montgomery

    The voice commands work for me, but I think this might be why the inline control on my headphones mysteriously stopped working sometime in the last couple weeks. All of a sudden nothing happens when I click the button. I can still hold it for voice search, so I know it's not a hardware issue. Anyone else have Philips SHE9005A/28, or any other headphones, that can no longer control playback?

  • Squiddles

    It works for me, even before the update. Though it doesn't work with the screen off while playing music. If I'm going to unlock the phone, I might as well use the on screen buttons. Oh well, one can hope....or charge the phone in the car. "Okay Google anywhere" works while charging with the screen off.

    • Simon Belmont

      Works for me when the screen is off and it's charging. Goes to the next song.

      We have to wait for L release for always listening to happen without charging. AKA hardware assisted hotword detection.

      • Squiddles

        Is that a confirmed thing?

        • Simon Belmont

          Yup. Remember the giant 'L' with a bunch of the features in it?

          Near the top was "hardware-assisted hot-word." That can't be anything else but leveraging the low-power listening core in capable devices (such as the N5). Here: http://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/P1010188-M.jpg .

          • Squiddles

            Damn, I saw the 'L', but never actually read it! Thanks for the source!

  • Raymond Berger

    Google really needs a way for power users to opt-in to testing for updates like these.

    • sriks

      They already have a way ( beta groups) .. They need to use them to roll out to public though..

    • Brad

      The rollouts are staged for a reason.

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Why? So people can get an incomplete app and then complain about it being an incomplete app? You _know_ that's what would happen.

      • Raymond Berger

        Well right now they just give the incomplete app to random people. I think if they let users opt-in to try it they would give more feedback. Then users who don't like it could opt-out just as easily.

  • https://www.twitter.com/Darkaeluz Darkaeluz

    It works!!!

  • Tower72

    Hell I cant even get the Ok google everywhere thing to work...ill see this feature some time next year!

  • Asem Arafa

    I get controlling media is not supported for this device

  • DemandTrialByCombat

    For those who do not have this feature active yet you can activate this now by a simple text search for 'Media Controls'. That's all you need to do and voila your account wil then be activated to use these voice commands. As with the google now everywhere feature last week - Just ask and google now delivers!

    • Michael

      Doesn't work for me :(

    • Anthony Castanza

      Didn't work for me either, worth a shot though. Guess we just have to be patient.

  • dariusmoss

    i made it onto android police, sun! pimp

  • Stephen McCoy

    I got this too. Though shows 'Done' instead 'Next Song'

  • NF

    Having my tablet charging while I talk nearby has been a really neat feature. Media control is the one thing I'd like it to have.

  • can’t talk good

    "Nex traq, POS music, top music..." What a way to find out you have a speech impediment!

    • http://www.terrycameron.ca/ Terry Cameron

      Yeah I get NexTrack as well. That is messed up, why does a company come up before the real words? I'm not saying it slurred.

  • Renan Lazarotto

    Cool, another feature that is english-only (I think). Tried it in portuguese, no luck.

    • Roh_Mish

      It is not English US only. Works on english IN too. That's some start.

      • Renan Lazarotto

        I think I'll change my phone settings to be in english. That way I'll at least be able to test everything properly.

  • kris

    yhuiyhiuioi

  • MikeOxlong

    Still get the "controlling media is unsupported on thus device" message on my n5&n7...

    • Roger Siegenthaler

      Same, z1 compact 4.4.2

  • http://www.terrycameron.ca/ Terry Cameron

    Works for me. It is annoying that the search screen stays up after doing a voice prompt that just does an action with no actual content. Google should change it so when I say "next track" it should go back to Google Music.

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. Or go back to what you were doing previously is more like it.

      I have a feeling this will all be better implemented in L release. Can't wait.

  • Matt McNair

    Works for me with Play Music. Saying previous song "worked" as well but got a couldn't play stream error in Play Music.

  • Masson Liang

    Cool, worked for me.

  • Daveon Jackson

    Previous song works as well.

    • Roh_Mish

      It shows up for me. But the song is not skipped or paused or stopped.

  • Dakota

    d let voice actions control things like device volume, brightness, wifi, Bluetooth

  • Chris Lambert

    Anyone tried turn WiFi off on the L preview? :)

    • Simon Belmont

      No. I assume it actually turns it off now instead of dumping you in the Wi-Fi settings?

      Looks like L release will quell a lot of the issues people had with stuff like that. Also, we're getting use of the low power listening core for touchless controls in L release.

  • Larizard

    I'm always having problems with it hear me when there's music playing...

    Also, why is it that Google Now wakes up from the lock screen, but it says "Say Ok Google or tap Mic".? I had to say Ok, Google twice...

  • Giorgio Aresu

    I'm Italian but I've phone and tablet set to US English, a couple of days ago I discovered this. I can provide a screenshot or a video showing it works also with "previous song"...
    BTW I'm not yet able to do OK google everywhere :'(
    Edit: screenshot: https:// docs. google. com /file/d/0B45zYAB2WlTlenZFTndiajZmYjQ/edit?usp=docslist_api

  • Roh_Mish

    Watching on N4 and whenever he says OK Google, it activates on my phone. Google needs to do some active notice cancelation from the phone audio itself.

    • x3haloed

      Same here on my HTC One m8.

  • moehre

    Google has to give out a command list!

  • niknetniko

    Yeah, got it for a chance! Andere I'm not even in the US :)

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    I am sure it will not be a free version. Tried on my devise but didn't work.

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  • djakdekiel

    Google loves me!

    • Simon Belmont

      Ha. I don't think you have enough notifications in your status bar. ;)

      Please add two more gmail accounts, and G+. Thank you (PS, I'm just kidding around). :)

  • Maxi Villarreal

    Although I have Google Now Everywhere and a Play music Account working, it says Media Controls are not supported on this device (International version)

  • Ariel Kropp

    Using Xposed framework, google search api and the media control plugin, you get the following functionality:
    "OK Google, "play/pause/resume music", "play songs by ", "play song ", "next/previous track/song", "volume up/down/max", "what song is this" opens in Shazam.

  • Brad

    Seems to be live for me, but didn't work... maybe the music app has to be closed? Will test later... but this is exactly what I have been waiting for.

  • Kem

    It works for me.

  • Nick V

    Google needs to make this faster and seamless. A great feature, no doubt though

  • Simon Belmont

    Works for me. This is nice.

    I can envision this being really useful when L release is officially out and it lets Google Search leverage the low power listening core. I'll be able to skip tracks and stop playback without even touching my phone.

  • chinna_rao

    "start playing music" and "stop playing music"works too!

    • Simon Belmont

      Yeah. So does "resume music" and "pause music" as well.

      I wish I could say "restart song" but if you're far enough into the song, I think that "previous song" restarts it.

  • Peter Blanco

    Literally just as Commandr comes out, poor kid can't get a break!

  • http://twitter.com/savagejeep SavageJeep

    Works in the car... sort of. Better not have your windows down OR your music too loud o_O

  • aman5mathur

    it says action not supported in tour country

  • dgs

    This worked for me the day that this article was posted, but today I started getting a "not supported" message. It seems like the feature has been turned off by Google for now at least.

  • krudl3rx

    This stopped working for me today, stock Nexus 5... anyone else?

  • gadgety

    Next track (Skip would be faster and easier to say), Play again/previous track, Stop, Volume up, Volume Down. But with Google Now, it ought to be entirely possible to ask for an artist, an album, a song, playlist, genre, or playing songs at random.

    Right now with Google Now it's possible to launch the music player and ask it to start playing music. That works on Android 4.1.

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