Sigh....If you can't fix the problem, break it worse!In terms of Volvo going "backwards" on updates - my old C30 had an issue when streaming audio over BT. When playing songs, the track time would freeze. I took it in and Volvo couldn't fix it right away, but ultimately created a fix - they deleted the track time from the head unit display altogether! Some fix, right?!
I can't even imagine the rationale on removing the tiny icons. I doubt space considerations played a factor, and in the off chance space was the issue, Volvo has more of an engineering problem (staff shortsightedness) on their hands.
I'm going to ask dealer to investigate, just like I did with the Broken Pandora / Infotainment issue that plagued everybody. I'm never afraid to ask.