With the arrival of Android 12, Google removed the ability to control the volume of an active Chromecast session with volume buttons due to legal issues. However, the company has now brought back the volume controls included the January 2022 update for Pixels.
After the arrival of the January 2022 update, apps on Pixel devices allow users to adjust the Chromecast volume with volume rockers. According to Mishaal Rahman, the volume slider works without any problem when casting from Spotify to a Google Nest Hub.
Earlier, users could find the volume controls for Chromecast sessions in the audio settings. The settings were greyed out on phones with Android 12 installed. What’s more, a folk from Google confirmed that the volume controls were removed intentionally with the Android 12 Beta 3 release; Google was facing some kind of legal dispute over that. If we have to guess, the legal dispute was a result of Google’s patent battle with Sonos.
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January 2022 Update is available for Pixel 3a, 5a
The feature should now arrive to the eligible phones, including Pixel 5a. Pixel 5a has already received an update in January. However, it is important to note that there are still some exceptions. For instance, the Google Pixel 6 or Pixel 6 Pro users will have to wait a little longer for the feature to arrive. The December patch caused some major issues; so Pixel 6 series users haven’t received the January update yet.
In any case, the January patch has now arrived for devices, including Pixel 3a, Pixel 5a, and more. The update is carrying several bug fixes; the most significant one is the Microsoft Teams bug that prevented users from dialing 911.
Earlier reports suggest that Google was working on a fix for the Chromecast volume control issue. It is was initially supposed to arrive with Android 12L. However, the company found a workaround that too pretty soon.
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