In May 2019, Spotify revealed its first hardware: a voice-controlled speaker for use in cars, called ‘Car Thing’, which it would be testing in the US with a small group of listeners. “We might do similar voice-specific tests in the future, so don’t be surprised if you hear about ‘Voice Thing’ and ‘Home Thing’,” explained Spotify’s blog post at the time. Well, it seems that it may be time to be NOT surprised: an image that appears to show Home Thing has leaked. It was found by renowned app-source-code delver Jane Manchun Wong, who tweeted an image that she found in Spotify’s mobile app. It shows a ‘Ready to set up Spotify Home Thing?’ screen, complete with a white, cube-shaped device that (to our eyes at least) looks more like a smoke alarm than an Amazon Echo. What Wong can’t tell from the source code is whether this means Home Thing is currently being tested or not (as she makes clear in her tweet). But the chances of Spotify’s first non-car smart speaker finding its way into at least a test-sample of households in 2020 does look stronger.

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