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Spotify's first hardware product is here, and it's probably going to confuse you

Spotify's first hardware product is here, and it's probably going to confuse you

Despite focusing solely on music streaming software and podcast production over the last decade, Spotify has secretly had a dedicated device for playback since 2019. "Car Thing," as it's called, is designed to make listening to music in the car more accessible and has been in testing with an extremely small number of users in a closed beta. Although Spotify isn't ready to launch its hardware to the general public just yet, it became much more real starting today. A new version of Car Thing is now available for select Premium subscribers through an invite-only release.

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Spotify is testing an in-app 'Hey Spotify' voice assistant

Spotify is testing an in-app 'Hey Spotify' voice assistant

With Google Assistant pre-installed on any Android phone (and Siri on iPhones), you should think you already have all tools at your disposal when you want to yell at your phone to control your audio playback. However, Spotify seems to think that it needs its own solution. App reverse-engineer Jane Manchun Wong managed to activate a hidden settings panel in the music app that will let you enable a "Hey Spotify" feature you can use while the app is open and on your screen.

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Spotify testing voice-controlled Car Thing, but you may never see one

Spotify testing voice-controlled Car Thing, but you may never see one

At the beginning of the year, we reported Spotify was working on a voice-controlled in-car music-playing gadget, which would connect to the car via Bluetooth to stream your favorite tunes. Today, the company confirmed such a device exists, but it's actually a prototype designed to learn how people listen to music while driving, meaning it won't be commercially available.

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