MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify has updated its Android app, bringing NFC music sharing to supported devices.
The updated app, Spotify for Android version 0.5.3.56, takes advantage of the baked-in NFC support on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and above, and introduces a feature that lets users share songs via Android Beam. For example, two Spotify subscribers using Samsung Galaxy S3 handsets are now able to share a track or album simply by tapping their devices together.
While it's easily the most interesting feature, NFC music sharing isn't all that's new in the Spotify Android app. It also delivers a new set of audio effects and an improved offline bar mode "so you know why you're offline", as well as the usual bug fixes.
This update comes just weeks after the company brought Spotify Radio to Android smartphones and tablets, which lets users set up custom radio stations based on genres, artists and playlists.
Spotify for Android is now available to download for free from Google Play, but you'll need a premium account in order to make the most of the app. It's unlikely that this update will be coming to IOS, unless Apple adds NFC smarts to its next generation Iphone. µ