Spotify the difference: music streaming service is trialling native voice search

Joanna Estrada
March 17, 2018

Spotify may be about to take on the smart speaker market.

Music streaming service Spotify is reportedly testing its own voice search feature, allowing users to find artists, songs, albums, or playlists faster.

Spotify Voice can be launched by tapping the magnifying glass icon in the bottom row of tabs on the Spotify app.

With the voice control feature, Spotify overlays a microphone icon in the lower right corner.

You'll then get a tutorial of the voice search feature, which is now available in English in the US.

After users tap on the icon, Spotify suggests a number of typical requests for a voice-controlled music system: "Show Calvin Harris", "Play my Discover Weekly", and "Play some upbeat pop", for instance.

The company hinted there will be more to share about the project in the future, but declined to elaborate further.

The feature, spotted first by Twitter user Hunter Owens, is available to some users through its iOS app and can be found inside the search bar.

However, Apple decided to make its HomePod speaker Apple Music-only, cutting out Spotify entirely. But Spotify doesn't appear content to rely on third-party assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.

Spotify may be exploring the option of developing its own hardware devices, to ensure it can continue to compete.

This revelation only serves to stoke the fires that started when job advertisements for hardware development roles began to appear for a "category-defining product".

That, unsurprisingly, led many to expect an Apple HomePod, Amazon Echo, or Sonos One rival.

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