Spotify’s eagerly awaited in-car gadget, a voice-controlled music player referred to conversationally as the Car Thing, has quite recently appeared in a modest bunch of in-app renders uncovered by MacRumors contributor Steve Moser, who discovered the pictures in Spotify’s app code. These renders coordinate intimately with photos of the real deal submitted as a feature of filings to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which revealed back in January.
Spotify’s long-rumored Car Thing gadget has arisen once again — this time in certain iOS code. The organization said it is testing the device however didn’t uncover any plans of when and on the off chance that it will launch. Spotify’s Car Thing was spotted on the FCC website recently in January.
On account of these renders, we have a much cleaner take a gander at the advanced Spotify Car Thing design, which remembers a huge knob for the right, a color screen, and four buttons on top. Prior official organization renders from back when the product was officially reported in 2019 showed off a lot more modest screen.
However, Spotify’s design has since moved much nearer to a smart display style, which sense considering it as now more intently takes after a miniature infotainment screen you’d find in a modern vehicle. These new renders flaunt the screen and a potential interface design, notwithstanding different mount designs for connecting the gadget to various parts of the dashboard.
Spotify initially declared that it was testing a “voice-controlled music and podcast device” got back to Car Thing in 2019. Spotify was really specific at the time that its “focus remains on becoming the world’s number one audio platform — not on creating hardware,” however FCC filings from prior this year positively appeared to demonstrate that Spotify has at least been tinkering with the gadget’s design, as the one in its 2019 mockup appeared to be unique than the one portrayed in FCC filing pictures.
Moreover, language contained in a confidentiality filing expressed that the organization had “spent substantial effort in developing this product and it is one of the first of its kind in the industry. Having the subject information easily available to ‘competition’ would negate the advantage they have achieved by developing this product. Not protecting the details of the design will result in financial hardship.” While perhaps a simple formality, the request positively reads as the organization had surely invested heavily in Car Thing’s development.
Pictures seeming to portray Car Thing shared by Steve Moser on Twitter and announced by MacRumors have apparently cropped up in the Spotify app’s iOS code. These pictures show on a horizontally oriented smartphone-looking screen with a knob and buttons. It looks fundamentally the same as a picture contained in the FCC filing. It’s relied upon to interface through Bluetooth.
Initially, Car Thing was accessible as a restricted test with a “small group” of premium Spotify clients who were invited to take part. The organization said in 2019 that it was created “to help us learn more about how people listen to music and podcasts,” yet additionally noticed that different products like a “Voice Thing” or “Home Thing” could comparably be created to see how subscribers use its platform.
Who knows when or regardless of whether Spotify plans to officially launch the product. The organization’s February event, where it detailed its new Hi-Fi streaming level, went back and forth with no new data on the Car Thing, and the gadget was reported in 2019 as a test product to help Spotify better comprehend clients’ listening propensities while on the go.
So there’s no formal product name, potential release date, or some other data demonstrating if this will at any point make it out of Spotify’s testing lab and into a shopper’s vehicle. Be that as it may, the updated design and the FCC filings — and now the in-app renders — do propose the product may have a future. We simply don’t know what it looks like at present.
These are renders of the Spotify hardware found in the app’s code by MacRumors. The renders uncover almost a similar design as we found in the FCC listing however in a more clear manner. It additionally shows various methods of mounting the gadget to the car’s dashboard. Spotify’s Car Thing has a large knob on the right side with a color screen appended to it. There are likewise four buttons on top of the device.
Spotify’s Car Thing can be mounted horizontally and vertically on the car’s dashboard dependent on the designs. It would appear that this may be the last design for the gadget since the one appeared by Spotify. The original Car Thing has a circular screen as an afterthought that shows what is being played, and it has buttons on the opposite side for playback controls.
Spotify’s Car Thing has been intended to be a voice-controlled smart assistant gadget for cars featuring songs and podcasts that you can stream on Spotify. It will utilize Bluetooth to interface with the Car Head Unit, and it tends to be associated with a 12V power outlet.
Spotify began testing the gadget in the US only, and with a small group of invited Spotify Premium clients. The organization additionally said it will direct comparable voice-specific tests later on so clients may find out about “Voice Thing” and “Home Thing.” It actually hasn’t given any update on the gadget, and on the off chance that it will at any point be made official.
At the point when Car Thing was declared, Spotify said it was a test device created to assist the organization with seeing how individuals listen to music and podcasts, and that there were no designs to make the gadget accessible to shoppers. Spotify has, notwithstanding, proceeded with work on this gadget throughout the previous two years and has changed its design essentially, which recommends it could eventually see a launch.
The Spotify app likewise has code for paid subscriptions for podcasts as the organization gears up to launch its Anchor podcast creation tool. Spotify will at last launch a paid podcast subscription feature, however, some groundwork should be set up first. Spotify’s paid podcasts will let Anchor makers that sign up offer paid podcast subscriptions that their audience members can subscribe to.
There’s one other unreleased feature for Podcasts that is important – comments. In the Spotify app, there’s code for leaving comments on podcasts, something that is not at present accessible. Spotify clients will actually want to comment on podcast episodes, and makers will actually want to react.