Unable to see what is playing on other devices?

Previously if I clicked on the current device on the bottom bar, I could see the other devices. That is the same in 1.8, but it (doesn’t) appear that I can see what they are playing or control what they are doing, I have to bring that device “into focus” to do anything with it. Before the list showed the status of each device and you could start/stop them from that menu whilst staying with the “main” device.

Can we have the old facility back please, it was useful in a number of situations.