Recently, it has been discovered that Spotify is testing a new widget for its iOS 14 app. Reddit users shared images of the music streaming service’s Home Screen widget for the latest version of iPhone software. On iOS14, iPhone users can add widgets of their frequently used apps on the Home Screen pages in three different sizes: small, medium, and large.
Apple released iOS 14 publically on September 15 “Time Flies” event, and soon after seeded the iOS 14.0.1 update with bug fixes and performance improvements. The software introduces many new features on compatible smartphone models and the most, popular at the moment, is the customized widgets.
Spotify’s New iOS 14 Widget in Testing
As per the images shared by Reddit users, Spotify’s widget would be available in small and medium sizes. The smaller widget shows the artwork of the last played song and the medium shows artwork of four recently played trackers.
The widgets will display the recently or last played track or album only and will not have any control options to play, pause, rewind, and skip because the purpose of a widget is to display information. Widgets in both sizes have “Listen to Music and Podcasts” caption and users will be able to open the app by tapping on them.
It is reported by 9to5Mac that in testing phases, the artwork of the albums or songs takes a little longer to load.
Recently, the music streaming service released a new ‘find by lyrics’ feature on iOS which allows users to search for tracks, albums, playlists, and more by typing in a line of the composition. This feature has arrived a little late on iPhone, Apple Music had added that search support in 2018 on its service.
More importantly, Spotify introduced a new and innovative ‘Group Sessions’ via remote listening support to stay virtually connected in times of physical distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The service is also claimed to be testing Apple Watch stream on watchOS 7.
It is interesting to note that on one hand, Spotify has grouped with other like-minded developers and social media houses like Epic Games and Facebook to form a coalition against Apple and its control over the iOS App Store. And on the other hand, the music streaming service regularly introduces new features and improvements on its iOS app.