[Update: Jan. 06] Google Pixel Android 12 volume controls not working when casting after beta 4.1 update, issue escalated
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…
Original story (published on August 31, 2021) follows:
Google should be rolling out the stable version of Android 12 update in the next few weeks, most likely before September concludes.
With almost no time left, developers are putting in place their final touches. And this means there’s little to no room left for major bugs and problems to be sneaking through to the latest Android 12 beta versions.
But just like any other software, having no bugs is almost impossible, especially the kind that may seem minor yet annoying to deal with.
We’ve recently highlighted such bugs, among them Google Play System updating to September 1 and then reverting to May 1, installing updates to the Carrier Services app, Phone app crash loop when using a Bluetooth headset, and so on.
Some of the bugs above came with the previous beta 4 update, which also happens to be the source of the latest Android 12 broken volume controls issue when casting.
No matter which audio or video app I use to cast content to my Chromecast or my smart speaker. The volume indicator does not show. The volume keeps going up or down regardless, meaning I can still control volumen at distance. Volume slider was completely functional in Beta 3
Again, going by these user reports, this one seemingly began in early August when Android 12 beta 4 arrived and, according to even more recent reports, has persisted with beta 4.1.
Users say that when casting from apps like YouTube Music, hitting down or up on the volume rocker yields nothing from the device. Normally, the volume control UI should pop up, a feature that was functional in beta 3.
The issue persists even when music is paused and the volume controls simply fail to show up. In short, volume controls break while cast is on but reverts to normal when not casting.
On the brighter side, the bug has been captured in the official Issue Tracker and further escalated to Google developers, who should hopefully address it in the next Android 12 build.
We have passed this to the development team and will update this issue with more information as it becomes available.
With that being said, stay tuned to our dedicated Google Pixel Android 12 bugs and issues tracker as we will be updating it with further developments on the annoying Android 12 volume controls issue when casting and others.
Update 1 (September 09)
01:25 pm (IST): Android 12 Beta 5 is out for users of Google Pixel devices. However, reports from users who have updated their devices indicate that the casting volume issue still persists.
Update 2 (October 28)
12:02 pm (IST): The stable version of Android is out and still, a section of Pixel users are still facing this bug.
Update 3 (November 2)
05:00 pm (IST): Google said that a fix for the volume controls bug when casting will be included in Android 12.1.
Sorry for the inconvenience. We didn’t want to make such a bad change but we had to do to address a legal issue. We have been working on a solution to mitigate the situation, and it will be included in 12.1.
Update 4 (December 11)
05:24 pm (IST): Android 12L Beta brings back cast audio control. This lets users control the volume of remote cast sessions via an expanded volume panel. More on that here.
Update 5 (January 06)
10:41 am (IST): The casting volume controls have been re-enabled on Pixel devices with the latest January 2022 update. This means that users can now control the audio of their casting device directly from their phones.
Surprise! Cast volume controls have been re-enabled with the January 2022 update for Pixel. Google either settled its legal matter or this new method enables cast volume controls in a way that doesn’t violate the patent. (Source)
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