Goggle which is known to be a big name in the tech industry, seems to be in a sort of controversy. In the early days of this week, Google was given a mighty shock in its legal fight with Sonos as a result of patent infringement. The United States International Trade Commission after investigation discovered that the company was guilty of violating Sonos’ IP.
As a result of this, Google was mandated to scrap unified Speaker Group volume controls. Looking into this, end users have been left with no choice but to adjust each speaker’s volume individually, the only option of controlling it using the phone’s volume buttons has been completely removed. A recent Google Home app update (v220.127.116.11) has been released now with the regressions in tow.
How Google Home App Feature Affected Speaker Group Volume Controls
Controlling the volume rocker when the user is on the Media screen in the latest Google Home app will automatically adjust your phone’s volume. Formerly, the same action sparked a change in the sound level of a speaker or the whole speaker group. Now you must adjust the speaker output using only the virtual slider embedded in the Home app.
A lot of people are used to tapping the Cast playback notification on their phone’s dedicated notification panel to navigate to the speaker playback volume. Coincidentally, this change makes that process more stressful, as a result controlling the volume is no longer as stress free. Now what was formerly a click away process now requires the users attention and toggling around with a virtual slider, most especially when controlling a speaker group.
This change can be avoided for now by making sure you don’t install the latest Google Home update. Moreover, this updates will be most likely going to be for a short period of time. While it is recently possible to manipulate the full Speaker Group volume from your Nest Hub Max or Nest Hub directly that feature will also be put into use in the near future. In a recent statement by Google, Speaker Groups will not stop functioning, despite these annoying changes. A few secondary speakers with Cast support from Lenovo or JBL will have to be changed to a recent firmware version insider to keep track full functionality, as well.
Till then you can still enjoy the feature, if you have not recently uninstall the app.
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