Spotify started rolling its v3.0 update to users today, which brings some design tweaks to the player screens as well as a new feature for the mini player. The relationship between the main player screen and the mini player is now clearer, since there is an up arrow and animation to maximize the mini player along with a down arrow on the main player to do the opposite. You can also now swipe left or right on the mini player to skip tracks, rather than go to the main screen to do that.
Left: old (v2.9), right: new (v3.0)
The most obvious change to the main player is that the album cover has been slightly de-emphasized to allow more room for controls. This also allows you to see the previous and next album covers, which makes it clearer that you can swipe back and forth. On the top right in the new UI, you get a shortcut to the now playing queue, not unlike the similarly-placed button in Google Play Music.
On the top left of the main player, you now have a down arrow rather than an X. This makes navigation more intuitive, since we don't normally close out windows within apps. Instead, it gives you the impression that you are minimizing to the mini player, which now has a corresponding up arrow. Better yet is that you can swipe to skip tracks within the mini player, like so:
Pretty nice, right?
If the v.18.104.22.1684 update from the Play Store didn't give you the new UI, you aren't alone. If you want to, download the APK from APKMirror linked below. Despite the same version number, the one marked "beta" (and was uploaded days ago) gave me the new UI while the Play Store version and non-beta on APKMirror did not.
The app is cryptographically signed by Spotify to certify that it has not been tampered with. Download the file to your Android device, allow installation from unknown sources in your security settings, and then open the .apk file to install.
File name: com.spotify.music-22.214.171.1244-6037685-minAPI15.apk
Version: 126.96.36.1994 (6037685) (Android 4.0.3+)