The “Hey Spotify” feature that is presented to some users

If you’re used to saying “Hey Siri” or “Hey Google” to launch features, Spotify is preparing a wake-up phrase that you might like.

The phrase itself isn’t particularly surprising – it’s “Hey Spotify”. According to GSM Arena, it has started to be introduced for some Android users, showing up via notifications. If you touch it, you will be asked to give Spotify permission to record sound on your device. Once you do that, you’ll be able to call Spotify with phrases like “Hey Spotify, play The Beatles”. The feature can be turned off and on in the App Settings, where you can also select the voice that Spotify will use to answer you.

Spotify started testing this feature a year ago, but it was only available to a small subset of users. I couldn’t access it on any device, so it doesn’t seem to be available globally yet.

Spotify already has a voice search option in the U.S., which allows users to issue voice commands. The “Hey Spotify” query basically calls voice search while the Spotify app is open and when the screen is on.

As for how useful the new feature really is, it remains to be seen. Spotify is integrated with AI assistants such as Google Assistant and Siri and can be called via them, so calling it does not directly add new features. However, it is possible that Spotify will add new features later.

We have contacted Spotify to see if the feature is being widely introduced and we will update this article when it responds.

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