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Spotify gets a major upgrade on WearOS with Android’s latest feature drop

Published Jun 1st, 2023 9:00AM EDT
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Spotify users, rejoice! You can finally control your music from your WearOS smartwatch in more ways than ever before.

Today, Google started to roll out its latest feature drop for Android to compatible phones, tablets, and smartwatches. While the update also includes some new widgets and emojis for phones and tablets, the biggest announcement has to be that Spotify is getting a boost on WearOS, the company’s operating system for smartwatches.

The company says that Spotify users with a compatible WearOS smartwatch can now “press play right from your wrist and let Spotify’s DJ deliver a personalized lineup of music, stream episodes from your favorite podcasts, and listen to what’s in your heavy rotation — all with new tiles and watch face complications from Spotify for Wear OS.” The company says that the new features will only work with smartwatches running WearOS 2 or later.

Spotify isn’t the only app to get new tiles and watch face complications. The Google Keep app is also getting a new tile that lets users “add a tile for a single note or to-do list to their watch for fast and easy access. Simply swipe through your tiles to find your pinned note and get more done without needing to pull out your phone.”

The Google TV, Google Finance, and Google News apps are also getting new widgets on phones and tablets. For the Google TV app, users will be able to see entertainment suggestions. The Google Finance widget will allow users to track stocks, and the Google Finance widget will show “curated daily news headlines from Google News.”

The Wallet app on WearOS is also getting an update to support SmarTripⓇ and ClipperⓇ cards for commuters in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area. Phones and tablets are even getting new emoji combinations to celebrate summer.

The company is also offering a dark web report for Google One subscribers that “scans to see if your Gmail address has been exposed on the dark web, and receive guidance on the actions you can take to protect yourself online.” It will first be available in the U.S., but Google plans to expand it to 20 countries in the coming months.

So, keep checking to see when your device gets the latest feature drop, and enjoy those emojis!

Joe Wituschek Tech News Contributor

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