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Spotify’s Car Thing can now take calls and control other apps

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Just a few months after it started selling to everyone in the US, Spotify a whole lot more features for the device this week that should make it more useful. One of the updates is one of the most requested features – an add to queue option.

There are a few ways to add more songs or podcast episodes to your ad hoc playlist. You can tap the Add to Queue icon next to a song or press and hold the button when a song is highlighted. There’s also voice support, so you can say something like “Hey Spotify, queue ‘Happier Than Ever'” or any other song you’d like to hear. You can view the queue with a voice command or by pressing and holding the rotary knob in the Now Playing view.

Also new is a way to generate a playlist based on a genre, mood or activity. You can say something like “Hey Spotify, play happy Sunday morning pop” and the platform will instantly put together a personalized playlist that fits that criteria. The feature is available on all platforms with Hey Spotify support.

Elsewhere, there are a few more features that should be useful. You can see, answer and reject incoming calls. There is also a way to play and control other media. You can switch back to Spotify control by tapping the screen, using presets, or giving a voice command. These two features are only for iOS for now. They will be available for Android later. Updates to Car Thing, which require a Premium Spotify subscription, are also automatically rolled out for iOS users.

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