In the grand scheme of all of Google’s design decisions, the mega wide, super thick volume slider in the Android 12 beta has to be one of the most odd.
The brightness slider is nearly as wide, but not quite to the level of the volume slider. As one would have it Google seems to have mixed feelings about the volume slider too. Because it’s now being reported that the company wants to change the style by making it more narrow.
What’s interesting is that the volume slider in the Android 12 beta isn’t really that big. It’s not much wider than the one in Android 11. Or at the very least not noticeably so. The main difference is that the volume slider in the Android 12 beta has a different shape. That and the actual slider part takes up the entirety of the bar. Whereas the one in Android 11 is just a thin line.
And that seems to make it appear larger than it actually is. You can see comparisons of both volume sliders below. In any case, Google decrees that it needs a change.
Android 12 will end up with a much more narrow volume slider
According to XDA’s Mishaal Rahman, a future version of Android 12 will feature a smaller version of the slider. Both the entire bar and the slider portion itself are being made more narrow. So the slider should actually end up slimmer than it is in Android 11 when things are all said and done.
This will also be the look for the final release when Android 12 launches as a stable build later this year. Assuming Google doesn’t change its mind and alter things again before that.
The new Aesthetic blends both Android 11 and Android 12 together
While those on the beta will have to deal with the new volume slider for now, the visual change on the horizon will sort of be the best of both worlds. A slightly slimmer bar with a slightly slimmer slider that lies somewhere between Android and the current Android 12 beta.
It isn’t clear when exactly this new slider will arrive, but it will be sometime before the official release.
— Mishaal Rahman (@MishaalRahman) May 18, 2021