Heya @Madiba, I picked up a Flirc USB dongle without checking if it will work with the remote (silly, oh well, got other uses for it) and i'm trying to get the same remote working as your initial post.
I'm curious to know what your workaround was, where are you changing this remote type? Or did you mean you used a completely different remote all together?
When pointing the remote at my phone camera and pressing buttons I can see that it's sending IR similar to using another older tv remote but as @yawor mentioned its likely also communicating via different means (bluetooth) given that you can speak into the remote for voice commands.
I think i'm going to have to find me a small IR remote, bugger.