Spotify announced today that it has updated its curious Car Thing accessory with several useful new features, including phone call answering and support for other media.
“With these updates, you’ll now be able to answer phone calls on Car Thing, queue songs and podcasts, and display and control other media,” the company announced. “Car Thing also connects to and now mirrors your phone, giving you access to more functionality.”
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Spotify began testing Car Thing way back in May 2019, but it didn’t release the device until February 2022. Available only in the U.S., Car Thing is a hardware accessory that lets users access their Spotify content from any vehicle using “Hey Spotify” voice commands and simple taps, turns, and swipes.
But now it does a lot more, too: it helps you see, answer, and dismiss incoming phone calls, control media from other services, add songs or podcasts to the now playing queue, and use your voice to get a personalized playlist. These updates are available on iPhone now and are coming to Android soon.
Spotify Car Thing costs $89.99 and requires a Spotify Premium subscription. You can learn more from the Car Thing website.