Spotify announced Thursday that it is adding the ability to respond to phone calls and other new features to its Car Thing infotainment system. Owners of the $90 device, which went on sale in February, can now also queue songs and podcasts, control other media, and use voice commands.
Car Thing users can see incoming calls and answer or reject them in the Car Thing interface. They can also switch between Spotify and other media using presets, voice, or by tapping the screen.
Spotify says its new “add to queue” feature is one of the most requested for Car Thing; you can do this with your voice (using the “hey Spotify” prompt), touch, or with the device’s dial. You can also ask Car Thing to create a personalized playlist by telling it what genre or type of music you want to listen to.
Designed as a more convenient way to control Spotify while driving, the Car Thing device uses Bluetooth to connect to your phone. † It does not have a rechargeable battery, so it must remain plugged into your car’s USB port.
Spotify says the features will be rolled out to iOS users automatically, and Android availability will roll out “at a later date.”