Coming soon you’ll be able to use Spotify Connect directly from your notifications
CES 2023 in Las Vegas is in full swing and Google is ready to join the party. In addition to the long overdue redesign of Android Auto, the company has also teamed up with Spotify to make it easier to move between audio devices when listening to music. integrated into
Google has announced that in the future you will be able to connect to compatible Spotify Connect devices by tapping the source indicator in the top right corner of the media player. This means you can easily turn your phone into a Spotify remote without having to open the app itself when you’re already listening to a song.
Protocols like Spotify Connect and Google Cast have been around for about a decade, but they can still be difficult to use. To access the controls that allow you to switch to another speaker or change settings, you usually have to open the app that started playing. Android 13 changes this with a new media player that allows apps to dynamically add connectable devices. The first big third-party app to take advantage of it is his Spotify with Spotify Connect.
Google wants to go one step further and is working with Spotify to offer dynamic notifications that suggest connecting to different devices as you move throughout the day. These prompts ask if you want to connect to your headphones, car, or home stereo system, depending on which device is nearby. This feature is also available in YouTube Music.
The connection prompt looks like this
The way this feature works is by leveraging Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and (if your device has it) Ultra Wideband (UWB). Together, these technologies identify which speakers are closest and which are best suited to play at any given time. It also has contextual awareness that analyzes how you use your device and which ones you are most likely to connect to.
Spotify, YouTube and YouTube Music already gave you the option to select your preferred casting device directly from their respective media players in the notification shade or lock screen. This option has been around for quite some time since Google first announced this feature for his Android 11. However, the company went silent shortly afterward, and it is suspected that there were some technical glitches that caused the system to stop working at the last minute. It’s good that Google stuck with this idea and brought back the option in Android 13 two years later.
Google says it’s working closely with Spotify to enable the Connect features on display, so it could still be some time before they roll out. It is a work.