With the launch of the latest Android P Developer Preview - namely, Android P DP2 - today, Google has taken the previously introduced new volume controls and refined them further. It probably won't come as too much of a shock that the most noticeable change is in how the associated interface looks. This is, of course, the new vertically oriented volume slider which was first shown in the initial developer preview for Android P. The prior iteration was arguably much too bulky, resulting in what felt like a break from Google's Material Design Standards. The new version, which was announced as part of Google's annual Google I/O 2018 Developers Conference keynote today, fixes that. In fact, the new take on the volume slider looks much neater alongside the rest of Android P's new design changes, having been slimmed down.
However, the change goes further than that to also move some of the elements of the slider from their previous positions. The button that existed below the slider itself in prior versions has been removed and a new gear-shaped settings icon has been added in its place. Meanwhile, the somewhat confusing double-arrow icon for switching between volume controls has disappeared, too. Instead, there's an icon representing which volume control the slider will be swapped to just above the slider itself - which is set to adjust a given device's media volume controls by default. As with prior versions of Android, a quick tap of either hardware volume buttons brings up the new UI Google took things a bit further on the volume front with this update, as well. A rapid, simultaneous click-through of both the volume up and power buttons will put the device on vibrate, silencing the ringer. That can also be set up to switch to completely mute everything or turned completely off. Users just need to navigate to the newly added "Shortcut to prevent ringing option," which has been added in the Sound section of the main Settings application.
Of course, it's worth pointing out that this new feature has reportedly also made its way into the newly launched beta for the firmware. That's presumably in addition to all of the others that have been spotted in Android P DP2. So users won't necessarily need to have a Google-branded phone to check it out for themselves, either.