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Hey, Spotify’s wake word implementation paves the way for Car Thing

It seems that there is no way to stop Spotify from launching a product that nobody asked for. Sure, the alleged Car Thing may just be an experimental product, as Spotify claims, but the pieces are coming together for an eventual release. In addition to an FCC sighting, the king of music streaming is launching the wake-up word “Hey, Spotify”, which seems to be better suited for a hands-free experience in the car than on a phone with Google Assistant or Siri now available .

Spotify’s plans to have its own “Hey, Google” and “OK, Siri” style wake-up calls are no secret now. Of course, it already has its own voice control functionality that allows users to search for music or control playback. Now Spotify seems to be preparing the best hands-free experience, at least on the phones.

GSMArena reveals a notification that guides users to this new way of interacting with the application. Simply say the phrase and tell Spotify what to do and that’s it. There are no other settings, but Spotify clarifies that it only starts recording after hearing the activation word and that, by agreeing to use the feature, users accept that their voice input is sent to the company’s servers.

The only important caveat is that this feature really works only when you are on the Spotify screen and the phone is already open. In other words, it doesn’t really add any real convenience, unless you’re already actively using Spotify. For all intents and purposes, Google Assistant and Siri can be even more useful for voice control.

The only instance where such a wake word would be useful is on a dedicated Spotify device. It could be a smart speaker or, better yet, that Car Thing gadget, in which hands-free control is not only good, but also essential when driving.

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