While Spotify has only lately started doing so, third-party apps have been wary about supporting the Android 13 media player.
A rounded square pause and circular play button on the right gracefully transitions between each state. In the bottom row, the last and next song are put on either side of the timeline scriber, and Spotify has chosen shuffle and heart as the other two actions. (This is similar to YouTube Music after it has been altered.)
When you listen a podcast, the controls change to a 15-second rewind/jump, and you can also speed up playback and add to your library. Surprisingly, unlike other audio apps, the “Hide” button does not appear when long-pressing it.
Prior to the stable release of Android 13 (API 33) in mid-August, media apps that didn’t support it had all of their controls at the bottom of the screen, creating a congested experience.
Spotify has also expanded language support for apps.
The Android 13 media player, which is currently in beta, has been updated to version 126.96.36.199. Because the Spotify Play Store program is not presently taking public sign-ups, you will have to wait until it becomes reliable in the next weeks.
Spotify, SoundCloud, Pocket Casts, and Shazam now support the Android 13 media player. Apple Music, Tidal, and Pandora are notable holdouts. Google Podcasts, YouTube Music, and YouTube support were quickly added, and Play Books, Chrome, and Recorder are also supported.