After an extensive testing period, music streaming platform Spotify has now launched a new car view mode. That allows users to control their music more easily when behind the wheel. The new driver-friendly feature appears automatically on the car’s display when the app detects a Bluetooth connection. The Spotify car view mode makes it much easier for drivers to browse, seek, skip and search through their Spotify playlists.
The company says the feature is currently available only on Android devices, and only when the device is connected over Bluetooth. When the phone connects, Car View is automatically enabled when your music or podcast starts playing.
Spotify Car View
The biggest advantage to users, obviously, is that there are fewer distractions now while driving and listening to music at the same time. The “Now Playing” screen looks much simpler, showing larger text for the artist name and track titles, and the most-used control buttons are bigger too. The distracting underlying artwork has also disappeared from the display. Car view will no doubt be a welcome addition to the platform, but users who are not quite ready for the change yet can dismiss the feature “until your next drive”, or disable it altogether via the Spotify settings.
It supersizes track controls, song info and other important controls, like the shuffle option. On the other hand, free users can experience the new view through the app’s shuffle mode. For the moment, the new car view mode is only available to Android users.
Even though Spotify has now launched the car view mode worldwide, the Swedish streaming giant emphasizes that the feature is still in the testing phase, meaning that in-car users can expect more improvements and changes soon. Spotify hasn’t announced when the new feature will be available to iOS users, but he FAQ released alongside the car view mode states that the company will announce iOS compatibility as soon as it’s ready.