MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE Spotify Connect is now available for users of Android smartphones and tablet devices, meaning iOS users no longer have bragging rights.
Spotify Connect was announced in September, as a feature that allows Spotify Premium subscribers to stream music to speakers locally over WiFi, eliminating the need for frustrating Bluetooth pairing.
Another bonus is that Spotify Connect will let you take a phone call without interrupting the music playing, rather than having to figure out how to stop your mum's voice bellowing through your Bluetooth speaker. It also it means you can be as far away from the speakers as you like as long as you remain connected to the same WiFi connection.
A Spotify spokersperson said, "Spotify Connect solves this by giving you effortless control of your music across your phone, tablet and now speakers with millions of songs built right in."
There's a bit of a catch at present, however, as Spotify Connect only works with a handful of speakers. Partners at present include Argon, Bang & Olufsen, Denon, Marantz, Philips, Pioneer, Revo, Teufel and Yamaha, and Spotify said in September that additional brands would be joining the service soon.
Spotify Connect also can't play local files, only those included in its streaming library.
To get started with Spotify Connect, make sure your device and speakers are hooked up to the same WiFi connection, start playing a track, and select the speaker icon in the Now Playing bar.
In this latest update, Spotify also addressed the complaint that images are not loading properly in Android 4.4 Kitkat, something we noticed when reviewing the Google Nexus 5, and said it is working on a fix.
Spotify for Android is available to download for free from the Google Play store, but a Premium account will be required to use the Connect service. µ
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