Latest in Gear

Image credit: Steve Dent / Engadget

Spotify might be building a smart speaker of its own

Not having hardware is a handicap in the fight against Apple, Amazon and Google.
Steve Dent, @stevetdent
02.20.18 in AV
427 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Steve Dent / Engadget

Spotify appears to be working a smart speaker that it says will be "category defining," according to new job listings. "Spotify is on its way to creating its first physical products and set up an operational organization for manufacturing, supply chain, sales and marketing," one ad states. So far, it has relied on other products like Google's Assistant, Amazon Echo and Sonos One to stream its service. However, Apple recently launched its HomePod speaker with only native Apple Music support, showing Spotify's need to take action on its own hardware.

The ads show that the new "operations manager," "senior product manager: hardware production" and "project manager: hardware production and engineering," would be handling manufacturing and supply for the new product. That suggests Spotify is ready to start manufacturing soon, as the Guardian points out.

Spotify is easily the most popular streaming app and works just fine on most hardware products. However, it's impossible for Android users to stream it over the Apple's HomePod (Mac and iOS users can do it via Apple's proprietary AirPlay protocol). That eliminates a bit chunk of users from both Apple and Spotify's ecosystems, depending on their loyalties.

If Spotify does release a smart speaker, it could support Alexa or Google Assistant, or both, like models from Sonos and others. The company is taking a bit of a risk of stepping on its partners' toes, though it seems unlikely that anyone but Apple -- which wants to promote its own streaming service -- would block the app and its 70 million worldwide paid subscribers.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
427 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

The best consoles, games and accessories for students

The best consoles, games and accessories for students

View
OnePlus TV will run ‘optimized’ Android TV software

OnePlus TV will run ‘optimized’ Android TV software

View
China's latest retaliatory tariffs could pose trouble for Tesla

China's latest retaliatory tariffs could pose trouble for Tesla

View
'World's first' solar-powered rail line opens in the UK

'World's first' solar-powered rail line opens in the UK

View
'El Hijo' is a Spaghetti Western stealth game with heart

'El Hijo' is a Spaghetti Western stealth game with heart

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr