While Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant can all handle voice requests for Spotify tunes, the streaming giant wants to get their hands-free voice assistant.
Spotify is now rolling out its “Hey, Spotify” assistant on Android and iOS, which can make the demand for your favorite music easier.
First viewed by GSM ArenaThis feature connects to existing voice search functionality on Spotify with hands-free wake commands to call songs, artists, albums, or playlists. For example, this feature can be handy when driving, or if users are occupied in another area of the room away from their device.
Related: What is Spotify HiFi?
To take advantage of the feature users have to keep the app open, of course, system-wide access is not available for third-party applications such as Spotify. It would also be necessary to allow Spotify access to the device’s microphone to take advantage of the feature. The current voice search capability available to spot premium customers comes via a microphone icon within the app, which users must tap to activate.
To activate the feature, you must tap on the Settings cog within the Spotify home page. From here, you can tap Voice Interaction and then turn on the “Hey, Spotify” switch.
We updated the latest version of Spotify on iOS and were currently unable to use this feature, but the rollout is definitely underway. The company has also not officially confirmed the feature.
The update comes as Spotify continues to expand its offerings amidst a heavy challenge from Apple Music. The company has already confirmed that it will get the HiFi tier with CD-quality tracks later this year, while last month it revamped its desktop and web apps. The company is also focusing more on podcasts as it seeks to boost its advertising revenue.