Spotify Free’s new update has on-demand playing, low data mode

Free just got better!



Spotify’s streaming service has always thrived on its freemium model. Premium users enjoyed a modicum of features — offline downloads, playing on demand, no ads. Meanwhile, Free users settled for otherwise.

Following a new update for Free users, Spotify has now begun to delineate the two types of users. The latest update introduces a few features that were previously exclusive for Premium users.

Upon opening the new app, users will notice the enhanced UI. Spotify has decluttered its homepage for a more seamless and personalized approach to your music. It reduced the number of album/playlist carousels you go through after every scroll.

Underneath the UI, Spotify finally introduced a limited version of on-demand playback. Free users still can’t play every song they want on demand. However, the app will allow on-demand for 15 playlists of their choice.

You can’t choose which playlists will come with the feature. Instead, Spotify handpicks them for you based on your listening habits and preferences. Additionally, the selected 15 will include Discover Weekly, Daily Mix, and Release Radar — playlists which suggests new songs for you to listen to. In total, they should cover a total of 750 songs.

Based on your preferences, the app can now suggest songs you can favorite as you search for songs. Previously, Spotify reserved this feature for Premium users.

Additionally, the new app will come with a “low-data” mode. This will come in handy for users with data caps and/or poor coverage.

Despite Spotify’s generosity, the new features hope to tease and entice users to switch to Premium. Regardless of the company’s intentions, the update shows that Spotify has not left its Free users hanging.

The new Spotify Free will gradually roll out to users over the coming days and weeks.

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Next Android update is Android 12.1, not Android 13, rumor says

Just a minor update



One of the highlights of the year is a new Android update. Like clockwork, Google updates the biggest mobile operating system in the world. It’s gotten so popular that the entire industry speculates on the codename each update is attached with even if the company stopped doing them years ago. The hype is there. However, Android users might have to taper their expectations next year. Instead of Android 13, Google might launch Android 12.1 next year.

Reported by XDA Developers, the rumor speculates that next year’s Android update will just be a minor one of the upcoming Android 12 this year. According to one of the publication’s recognized developers, Google attached an “sc-v2” tag for the next Android update, instead of “T” for “Tiramisu,” the internal codename for Android 13. For those who still follow the internal codenames for Android, “sc” refers to Snow Cone, the internal codename for Android 12. As such, it’s natural to assume that the next update is just Android 12.1, rather than Android 13.

It’s been a while since Google released minor updates in lieu of major updates. However, it’s no surprise. Android 12 is already a big update, relative to the past few updates. The update features a revamped design called Material You. Google can believably improve the new update more before launching a major one.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 is Snow Cone

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Google starts rolling out Material You apps

More coming this month



There is no one more excited for Google’s upcoming products than Google itself. Though the company hasn’t officially launched its products yet, Google has persistently teased everything in the weeks and months leading to their debuts. Now, the company is slowly rolling out Material You apps ahead of the Android 12 launch.

Material You refers to Android’s design revamp for the upcoming Android 12 update. An evolution of Google’s smooth Material Design, the new design personalizes the user interface and the phone’s apps according to the user’s preferences. Android 12 is all about customization.

Of course, since the update also affects apps, Google is also rolling out apps that reflect the new design. Despite the lack of Android 12, the new apps are coming out ahead of time. Officially announced by Google’s Workspace blog, Google Drive will start the new push with its rollout starting today. After Drive, Google Meet will come out on September 19, and Google Calendar will launch on September 20. Google Docs, Slides, and Sheets have already rolled out a week ago.

The new apps will feature new navigation bars, floating action buttons, and a new font called Google Sans. The new font will make readability easier for smaller font sizes.

Android 12 is set to launch soon. Additionally, Google is already launching teasers for the upcoming Pixel 6 series featuring the new, in-house Tensor chipset.

SEE ALSO: Android 12 will make Chrome more colorful

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Spotify launches new recommendation feature, Enhance

Personalize per playlist



Adding new songs to your Spotify playlist can be quite a monumental task. Trying to grab songs from a recommended playlist might not always mix and match well with a personal playlist’s mood. Spotify is improving recommendations with an all-new feature rolling out today: Spotify Enhance.

Launching in several countries all over the world, Enhance will automatically add songs which fits a playlist’s mood. Users who have the feature can toggle the feature on every playlist. The recommended song will then pop up in the playlist’s songs. Likewise, users can toggle the feature off to get rid of the recommended songs.

However, rather than dumping the recommendations at the start or at the end of a playlist, Spotify will sprinkle them after every two songs, providing a healthy balance between old and new songs. The feature will add only 30 songs at a time.

Additionally, these songs aren’t officially added to the playlist yet. If a user finds a song they like, they can link a plus icon beside the song. Added songs will be in the playlist permanently.

The feature will come only to Premium subscribers. Likewise, not every country will have the feature at first. Spotify hopes to roll out the feature for more countries in the coming weeks and months.

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