Android 12: unable to control Chromecast volume for months
For several months now, many users have complained about the inability to control the volume of Chromecast on Android 12. If Google had promised the best on beta 5 of its latest OS, the problem is still there. According to an internal source, an ongoing legal battle would prevent Google from remedying this bug.
We have to go back to August 2021 to find the first traces of this bug on the Google Issue Tracker site. A user then explains that by casting YouTube Music via his Chromecast, it was impossible to control the sound volume from his Android 12 smartphone. After the publication of this testimony, complaints have multiplied on the same subject : “Related issue, Pixel 5, during the cast. The volume slider does not appear. You have to manage (switch from one application to another, from one window to another, use the device controls) to make it reappear ”, another user tells.
Faced with the growing number of reactions, Google reacted by claiming that the absence of this feature was not due to a bug, but that it was wanted by the manufacturer. Despite everything, the Mountain View firm then confirmed that all this will be corrected with the beta 5 of Android 12. Only, the beta 5 has had its time and since the final and stable version of Android 12 has been released, alongside the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro.
The lawsuit with Sonos responsible for the problem?
Has the situation changed? Not in the least according to users. However, the famous leaker Mishaal Rahman (and incidentally former editor-in-chief of XDA Developers) has found a first element of explanation thanks to a comment from a Google developer on the chat dedicated to this bug. “There is a legal issue that I cannot share in public. I don’t think there is a workaround in Android 12, and we are still working on it ”, he specifies.
As many colleagues suggest, this “legal problem” referred to by the developer may be linked to the recent preliminary decision taken by the International Trade Commission. Indeed, the court concluded that Google violated five technologies patented by Sonos to develop its Google Home speakers.
According to a statement from another Google developer, a solution to this problem will be included with Android 12L, a new version of the OS designed for tablets and foldable smartphones. As a reminder, Android 12L should arrive during the first quarter of 2022. For the moment, only one workaround exists: use the controls of the Google Home application to adjust the volume of the cast.