Spotify launched its “Automobile Factor” accent final yr, which is a touchscreen management panel for enjoying Spotify content material in a automobile. The participant solely is smart for individuals who use Spotify on a regular basis and don’t have a automobile with Android Auto or Apple CarPlay, however now Spotify is updating Automobile Factor to make it usually extra helpful.
An replace rolling out this week provides the flexibility to see, reply and reject incoming cellphone calls from a related smartphone, so you need to use Automobile Factor for hands-free calling. The machine will also be used to play and management media from a cellphone, even when it’s not Spotify – you may return to the music service by tapping the display screen or utilizing a voice command . Nevertheless, these options presently solely work when Automobile Factor is paired with an iOS machine, with Android assist coming “at a later date”.
The Spotify expertise can be up to date. Now you can add music and podcasts to the present play queue, utilizing a wide range of strategies: faucet “Add to Queue” subsequent to a music, maintain down the bodily dial with a specific music or ask “Hey Spotify, Queue” with a music title.
Spotify is presently promoting Automobile Factor for $89.99 (together with transport) at carthing.spotify.com. You want an energetic Spotify Premium subscription to buy and use it. In case you’re on the lookout for a automobile audio adapter/controller that isn’t tied to a particular streaming service, Anker Roav Bolt with Google Assistant or Echo Auto with Alexa are each succesful options, though neither product has a bodily contact display screen or dial.
Spotify can be engaged on an up to date automobile interface for the common cellular app, meant to succeed the outdated “Automobile View” format. The corporate began testing it final month on Android and should roll it out to everybody within the close to future.