Spotify update finally brings Android Wear support, now available on Google Play



It was almost a month ago that Spotify announced their intentions to bring Android Wear support to their application in June. With only a few days left in the month, you may have been wondering where said update was. Earlier today, Spotify was updated on the Google Play Store and yes, it finally brings that smartwatch compatibility you’ve been craving.

It’s pretty straight forward, with the card along with album artwork and pause control only popping up on your smartwatch once you’ve started music playback on your phone. Swiping to the left will bring up the music controls (volume, skip/previous tracks). Swiping again will allow you to browse your music library or playlists, as well as play your saved stations of one of Spotify’s curated playlists. While you can dive into an artist or find a specific album, oddly enough selecting a song isn’t possible.

Another weird quirk is there doesn’t appear to be a way to launch the app from your smartwatch — either by voice or an icon in the Android Wear app drawer — so you’ll need to start it up first on your smartphone or tablet. We’re sure another update is already coming down the pipeline that will add this functionality at a later date, but for now, you can grab the update right now from the Google Play Store.

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. Spoofy

  2. I’d prefer they spent their time on Chromecast support. At least I can cast the screen from my computer or Nexus 6.

    1. It’s obvious they don’t want to include Chromecast support. That’s been the case for a while; it sucks that they don’t include it but I don’t know why everyone is still making a big deal out of it. It’s not coming anytime soon.

  3. Spoticast is your friend.

  4. Is anyone else having problems using Spotify on Android wear? It keeps defaulting to the original music player so I don’t have access to selecting playlists and scrolling through songs/albums etc…I muted notifications on Android wear for Google play music and then launched spotify from my phone but that still didn’t work. The original music player card popped up instead of Spotify. Any ideas on what to do?

  5. Great to know that Spotify decides to support Android Wear. I don’t leave the house without it.

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