Android 9 Pie’s volume slider may look slick, but it made accessing the volume for calls and notifications much harder than needed. Thankfully, Google realized that and make those settings easier to get to in Android Q beta 2.
As with Pie and Android Q beta 1, changing the volume in Android Q beta 2 only changes the media volume. However, you now have the option to bring up a new pop-up volume panel when you press the setting shortcut button below the volume slider.
The panel lets you control the volume for media, calls, the notification tone, and alarms. Even better, you can bring up this pop-up panel regardless of the app you’re in — you no longer have to exit the current app and go into Settings to change the volume for everything else other than media.
Personally, I would have preferred something akin to Android Oreo’s volume sliders. Even though Android Q beta 2’s pop-up panel makes things easier, it’s a large panel that takes over most of what’s on your screen.
Let us know your thoughts on the pop-up panel in the comments. Also, stay tuned for more articles as we dig further into Android Q beta 2.