Spotify app testing local song playback, Library UI changes, and more

Spotify's been my go-to music service for years now, but I'll be the first to say that its Android app is always due for improvement. The recent UI overhaul has made things a lot better, and according to some new features that were recently found in an APK teardown, a few cool tricks could be coming in the near future.

First and foremost, the teardown reveals the ability to play songs that are locally stored on your Android device within Spotify. This isn't the same as fully uploading your tracks to the service the way you can with Google Play Music, but this is still a big step in the right direction.

The "Your Library" tab also appears to be getting tweaked once more with a change to a tabbed layout for accessing your various playlists, songs, artists, etc. As it stands right now, these menu options are just stacked on top of one another above the titles you've recently listened to.

If you like listening to podcasts on Spotify, there's the ability to filter your search results, save certain episodes for later, and a revamped page for new episodes that makes them easier to find. Lastly, there's also a sighting of a slightly redesigned album page with a black bar at the top of the screen and a Favorite icon.

All of this was found by Jane Manchun Wong after digging through the code of the app, meaning there's no guarantee any of this will make it to the final release. It's possible these features will be available for everyone tomorrow, but it's just as likely that they'll never see the light of day.

Do any of these changes interest you?

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Joe Maring

Joe Maring was a Senior Editor for Android Central between 2017 and 2021. You can reach him on Twitter at @JoeMaring1.