Spotify is now testing an official Apple Watch app. Beta testers of the Spotify iOS app have started gaining access to the app, and the first version appears to be limited to just controlling playback for now. It’s not clear if Spotify plans to add the much-needed offline support so Premium subscribers can sync songs to an Apple Watch and use it without an iPhone nearby.
Still, a Spotify Apple Watch app is long overdue. Spotify has been working closely with the developer of the unofficial Snowy app that brought offline Spotify playback to the Apple Watch. Snowy developer Andrew Chang revealed last year that Spotify had hired him to create a companion app using the company’s iOS SDK. This is now the first sign of that app emerging.
Over the past year or so, a number of high profile apps have disappeared from the Apple Watch. Google and Amazon both killed their Apple Watch apps, and Instagram and Twitter were axed too. An official Spotify app for Apple Watch is key for Apple’s smartwatch. We’ve reached out to Spotify to comment on when this will be generally available, and we’ll update you accordingly.