Spotify is trialling a voice-control interface as it looks set to launch its own smart speaker.
According to TechCrunch, Spotify users have reported seeing a microphone icon in the search bar of the iOS app.
TechCrunch reported that after tapping on the icon, Spotify suggests a number of requests such as, “show Calvin Harris”, “play my discover weekly” and "play some upbeat pop”. A Spotify spokesman confirmed to TechCrunch that only a small number of users had access to the function and that it was just a test.
Last month we reported that Spotify have started developing their own hardware. With its HomePod, Apple enforced restrictions on the user experience for Spotify subscribers. Whilst HomePod offers a seamless Bluetooth 5.0 connection and service when linked to Apple Music, Spotify users must stream via AirPlay. Ultimately, taking away much of the HomePod magic, the integrated voice-assistant will only respond to play and pause commands. Thankfully, for Spotify subscribers, the streaming giant is working on its own speaker and voice-control functions.
Voice control capabilities on Spotify would improve the in-app experience for users on the go. However, with recent developments considered, it is also likely that the function is part of developments to design the first-ever Spotify speaker.