Android P is getting a neat new Bluetooth feature


Android doesn't currently remember Bluetooth volume settings on a per-device basis, which is a bummer. If you leave volume on loudest while streaming to a wireless speaker and then connect your earphones, they'll also blast at full volume. That's not a good thing and Android P will apparently introduce a fix.

According to a new Android Gerrit, first spotted by the folks over at XDA, Android P will be able to remember different Bluetooth volume settings for each device you connect to your phone. This feature is expected to roll out in Android P Developer Preview 2 and be ready for prime time in the final release.

With the update, Android will start storing the last volume used on each device in a preference file and will be to automatically apply the correct volume setting the next time you connect that particular device. This feature has been a part of iOS for some time and is sure to be appreciated by Android users who stream audio to Bluetooth devices on the regular.

Speaking of volume settings, Android P will also shift from the current horizontal volume slider, to a vertical one with a mute button below. This one is more of a cosmetic change, though the vertical orientation does seem more intuitive, seeing as how volume rockers are always on the side.

source: XDA

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7 Comments

1. surethom

Posts: 1665; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Must more Importantly I want chromecast to stop playing YouTube at max volume, can that remember last volume setting.

2. CableTelcontar

Posts: 91; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

Really? I have a different volume on my bluetooth hands free for my note 8.

6. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Well Samsung is usually ahead in those little details.

3. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

Writers should do a little bit of research before putting out misleading reports. On the HTC U11, streaming to a wireless speaker on high does NOT keep the volume at high when the headphones are plugged in...the volume automatically drops to about 3/4. When I unplug the headphones, the wireless speaker connects and the volume goes back to high.

4. Sammy_DEVIL737

Posts: 1529; Member since: Nov 28, 2016

Same happens with my Motorola Moto X 2nd gen.

5. biggles

Posts: 269; Member since: Oct 15, 2009

Commenters should pay more attention when they are reading an article. This has nothing to do with wired headphones. This is about switching between different Bluetooth devices (ie. Wireless speakers and wireless headphones).

7. perry1234

Posts: 643; Member since: Aug 14, 2012

Might be a Sense UI feature...now it is being included in the core OS. Also, I think your opinion is a little too harsh. Writers cannot remember every device and their feature differentiation compared to stock Android.

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