Media volume steps reveals small changes made for Google Pixel 2

When companies like Google release their new smartphones, all eyes are inevitably drawn to the big changes and how they will impact users. However, as with the typical “bug fixes and performance improvements” included in app updates, new devices also bring a slew of small, seemingly unnoticed changes and updates designed to improve the overall user experience. The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL demonstrate how this pans out courtesy of changes to the volume controls which now provide much more granular control.

If a user tries to adjust the volume on their typical Android powered smartphone, they may find it is a challenge to get the volume just right. That is thanks to the low number of steps that are available in the volume controls. The default for Android is 15 steps for media, 7 for notification and 6 for the in-call voice volume. The steps refer to the number of distinct settings from minimum to maximum for each press of the volume buttons – whether physical or the on-screen controls.

Users testing the new Pixel 2 discovered that the media volume control now has 25 steps available, a finding that was confirmed by examination of the build.prop file which includes the following line of code:

ro.config.media_vol_steps=25

Thus far it does not appear this change has been implemented for other items like notifications, in-call volume or system sounds. However, rooted users can manually change these values. Third-party apps are also available to do things like provide up to 100 volume steps if a user is willing to forego the stock volume controls.

Let us know if you happen to spot any other small changes like this on your new Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL.

source: XDA Developers


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.