Spotify now lets you search for songs and podcasts hands-free. It is rolling out the wake word “Hey Spotify” that will allow you to search audio with your voice. It builds upon the already-existing Spotify Voice feature that is available only for Premium users. Spotify Voice is a voice-based search that needs to be enabled by long-pressing the microphone icon on the search bar. It is similar to what Google and Apple offer with their voice assistants.
According to a report from GSMArena, Spotify is rolling out the wake word “Hey Spotify.” The report says that it appeared on the Galaxy S21 through a notification. I tried to replicate the findings but wasn’t able to locate any such feature in the Settings menu. Hence, it appears to be a region-specific roll-out. It is also unclear if this is a server-side update. However, you are advised to keep the app up-to-date on your smartphone.
You can say the wake word and ask Spotify to play your favorite song. For instance, you can say, “Hey Spotify, play Wonderwall.” Notably, you’ll need to keep the app open for the wake word to work. As pointed out by the report, the feature was spotted on Spotify Android v184.108.40.2065. I’m on the same version in India but the feature hasn’t been rolled out for me yet.