‘Hey Spotify’ function rolling out to some customers

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Hey Spotify, tell Google that Siri said hi.
Hey Spotify, inform Google that Siri stated hello.

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By Stan Schroeder

If you are used to saying “Hey Siri” or “Hey Google” to launch options, Spotify is cooking up a wake phrase you would possibly like. 

The phrase itself is not notably stunning — it is “Hey Spotify.” According to GSM Arena, it began rolling out to some customers on Android, displaying up through a notification. If you faucet on it, you will be prompted to present Spotify permission to document audio in your system. After you try this, you can invoke Spotify with phrases equivalent to “Hey Spotify, play The Beatles.” The function may be turned on and off within the app’s Settings, the place it’s also possible to select the voice Spotify will use to talk again to you. 

Spotify began testing this function a yr in the past, but it surely was solely obtainable to a small subset of customers. I wasn’t in a position to entry it on any of my gadgets, so it does not appear to be globally obtainable but. 

Spotify already has a voice search choice within the U.S., which permits customers to subject voice instructions. The “Hey Spotify” immediate basically invokes the voice search whereas the Spotify app is open, and when the display is on. 

As for the way helpful it actually the brand new function actually is, that continues to be to be seen. Spotify is built-in with AI assistants equivalent to Google Assistant and Siri and may be invoked by way of them, so invoking it straight does not add any new performance. It’s potential, nonetheless, that Spotify will add new options later. 

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We’ve contacted Spotify to see whether or not the function is rolling out extensively, and can replace this text after we hear again.