Android – How to tell when MediaPlayer is buffering

Like below (API level ≥ 9):

mp.setOnInfoListener(new OnInfoListener() {

    public boolean onInfo(MediaPlayer mp, int what, int extra) {
        switch (what) {
            case MediaPlayer.MEDIA_INFO_BUFFERING_START:
            case MediaPlayer.MEDIA_INFO_BUFFERING_END:
        return false;

NOTE : There is a known bug in Android. When playing HLS stream it’s just never calls OnInfoListener or OnBuffering. check this link OnInfoListener bug

Ok, I feel a little vindicated now. I checked out the Pandora app and it doesn’t display a buffering indicator. When music is interrupted for buffering, it just sits there as if nothing happened and the UI looks like it’s still playing. So I’ve come to the conclusion that if you’re using MediaPlayer, it’s just not possible to determine if the track is temporarily paused for buffering.

However, I did notice that there are a couple MediaPlayer constants that could be of use:
MEDIA_INFO_BUFFERING_START and MEDIA_INFO_BUFFERING_END. But they’re only available in API level 9+, and the docs don’t say anything about them. I’m assuming they can be used with an OnInfoListener.

I’m disappointed, but at least I can stop spinning my wheels now and move on to something else.

@Daniel, per your comment on @JRL’s answer, you could probably get this working by spinning up a thread and waiting for a timeout.

Something like (untested) would do nicely.

I do, however, agree that spinning up this separate thread is a bit of a hack. Perhaps OnBufferingUpdateListener could make a guarantee as to how often it calls onBufferingUpdate() regardless of whether a change in the buffering progress has occurred so we can detect if we’re getting the same value over and over.