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No, they will not. Apple made their connection proprietary by switching the pins on the earphones. You can still use them to listen to music but the mic will not work.

The standard 3.5mm headphones (no in-line controls on the cable) use the configuration of (from left to right) 

TRS- Tip, Ring, Sleeve. The pinout for these connections is: Left Audio, Right Audio, Ground.

Connection types for headphones with a mic (and newer ones with volume control) are configured in 
TRRS- Tip, Ring, Ring, Sleeve.

On TRRS there are 2 types- 
1. The original TRRS configuration was created by Nokia and has a pinout of Left Audio, Right Audio, Mic, Ground.

Apple came along and in typical elitist fashion changed their pinout to Left Audio, Right Audio, Ground, Mic.

This is why many apple headsets will not work with android, because the last 2 connections, for Mic and Ground are switched. The issue is with the hardware. 

The way that songs are skipped (forwards, backwards, and pause) occurs by sending signals down the ground channel(when you tap the button it shoots an electrical signal that the phone will pick up and interpret). 
The way that volume is increased/decreased occurs by sending signals down the Mic channel
This is why- if you try a set of newer iPhone earbuds on the GSIII- as I have- the center button does nothing, but yet the volume up and volume down both pause tracks, and allow you to skip them!!

Additionally, Apple has patents on their TRRS connection- in fact on the resistances (the actual ohm resistance in-line on the controls- not to get scientific or anything biggrin.png) so that the headphones are designed to work only with Apple products. In other words- you could have a device with the same TRRS Pinout as apple products- but the headset wont work because the resistances (ohms) of the headphones send signals that your phone is not allowed to interpret into the correct actions (since apple patented these)

Hope this clarifies things up a bit cool.png

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No, they will not. Apple made their connection proprietary by switching the pins on the earphones. You can still use them to listen to music but the mic will not work.

The standard 3.5mm headphones (no in-line controls on the cable) use the configuration of (from left to right) 

TRS- Tip, Ring, Sleeve. The pinout for these connections is: Left Audio, Right Audio, Ground.

Connection types for headphones with a mic (and newer ones with volume control) are configured in 

TRRS- Tip, Ring, Ring, Sleeve.

On TRRS there are 2 types- 

1. The original TRRS configuration was created by Nokia and has a pinout of Left Audio, Right Audio, Mic, Ground.

Apple came along and in typical elitist fashion changed their pinout to Left Audio, Right Audio, Ground, Mic.

This is why many apple headsets will not work with android, because the last 2 connections, for Mic and Ground are switched. The issue is with the hardware. 

The way that songs are skipped (forwards, backwards, and pause) occurs by sending signals down the ground channel(when you tap the button it shoots an electrical signal that the phone will pick up and interpret). 

The way that volume is increased/decreased occurs by sending signals down the Mic channel

This is why- if you try a set of newer iPhone earbuds on the GSIII- as I have- the center button does nothing, but yet the volume up and volume down both pause tracks, and allow you to skip them!!

Additionally, Apple has patents on their TRRS connection- in fact on the resistances (the actual ohm resistance in-line on the controls- not to get scientific or anything biggrin.png) so that the headphones are designed to work only with Apple products. In other words- you could have a device with the same TRRS Pinout as apple products- but the headset wont work because the resistances (ohms) of the headphones send signals that your phone is not allowed to interpret into the correct actions (since apple patented these)

Hope this clarifies things up a bit cool.png

I am sure there is someone who did the thing you just mentionned just to use Apple Earpod :)

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Probably Skull Candy would be better, I picked up a pair of their Cassette headphones which are no longer in production, for everyday use and to use in my snowboarding helmet, and they work perfectly.

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No, they will not. Apple made their connection proprietary by switching the pins on the earphones. You can still use them to listen to music but the mic will not work.

The standard 3.5mm headphones (no in-line controls on the cable) use the configuration of (from left to right) 

TRS- Tip, Ring, Sleeve. The pinout for these connections is: Left Audio, Right Audio, Ground.

Connection types for headphones with a mic (and newer ones with volume control) are configured in 

TRRS- Tip, Ring, Ring, Sleeve.

On TRRS there are 2 types- 

1. The original TRRS configuration was created by Nokia and has a pinout of Left Audio, Right Audio, Mic, Ground.

Apple came along and in typical elitist fashion changed their pinout to Left Audio, Right Audio, Ground, Mic.

This is why many apple headsets will not work with android, because the last 2 connections, for Mic and Ground are switched. The issue is with the hardware. 

The way that songs are skipped (forwards, backwards, and pause) occurs by sending signals down the ground channel(when you tap the button it shoots an electrical signal that the phone will pick up and interpret). 

The way that volume is increased/decreased occurs by sending signals down the Mic channel

This is why- if you try a set of newer iPhone earbuds on the GSIII- as I have- the center button does nothing, but yet the volume up and volume down both pause tracks, and allow you to skip them!!

Additionally, Apple has patents on their TRRS connection- in fact on the resistances (the actual ohm resistance in-line on the controls- not to get scientific or anything biggrin.png) so that the headphones are designed to work only with Apple products. In other words- you could have a device with the same TRRS Pinout as apple products- but the headset wont work because the resistances (ohms) of the headphones send signals that your phone is not allowed to interpret into the correct actions (since apple patented these)

Hope this clarifies things up a bit cool.png

Erm, I've been using the earphones that come with my son's iPhone 5 and they work with my Moto G. The volume buttons don't work, they feel horrible in the ear and the sound is pretty poor, but they do work to listen to music and make calls.

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Does EarPods' mic work ok with Moto G? I'm after a pair of decent headphones with mic but most of them are 'in-ear canal' which I can't stand.

They do, but they feel and sound awful. I picked up some Philips SHE2105BL earphones with mic from ASDA that work ok and are in my opinion much better than the Apple one's. They come with an adaptor so you can use them with other phones, but you shouldn't need it. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Philips-SHE2105BL-00-In-Ear-Headset-Blue/dp/B0081PESEU . If you look on ebay you'll probably find them cheaper.

 

Edit: Typo.

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