Spotify revamps home screen with more personalised playlists and features on Android and iOS
The changes will build on improvements made last year to help users navigate the interface faster by placing more relevant content on the home screen, by also factoring in personalised recommendations.
Spotify is one of the most popular streaming services in the world and supports apps on almost all platform like iOS to Android, macOS to Windows - it even has a native Linux app. The company has now announced that it is revamping its Android and iOS apps to “personalised” features front and center.
In a blog post detailing the changes, Spotify explained that it was attempting to make finding music that users like easier to find on the app's home hub. The company has made three big changes to the app's main screen - which greets users as soon as they open the app.
This isn't the first time that the company has reworked the layout of its home screen. Last year, it made changes to help users navigate the interface faster by placing more relevant content on the home screen, and it looks like the new update will take that further by also factoring in personalised recommendations.
The first big change coming to the platform will allow users to browse up to three months of listening history, under the section “Recently played”. This will be available to both users on both the Free and Premium tiers and will allow them to browse through albums, playlists and even episodes that were played during this period.
Up next is the ability for users to discover music from the artists they like in the form of a new area at the top of the Home hub - these will be powered by personalised recommendations that are time-sensitive and react to your preferences, the company states. Finally, users will be able to resume and finish off their partly heard podcasts from the main screen, which will also show a progress bar to let you know how much time it will take to finish listening to the episode.
Spotify says all these three improvements to the home screen will roll out later this month, to both iOS and Android devices. There's no way of telling which version the updates will arrive on, since most of these features are enabled via server-side switches, so users can simply keep their app up-to-date in order to stand a better chance of receiving the updates to the home screen.