Beginning today, Spotify’s previously iOS-exclusive Running mode will be available to users with Android devices.
The popular feature, which is designed to match users’ running pace to create a more immersive workout experience, has been available on iPhones since May. The feature had previously been available only to Android users who downloaded the application’s beta 3.1 version, leaving less hands-on Androidians out of the picture.
Here’s how it works: Upon beginning a run, Spotify uses the sensors present in the device to determine how many steps one is taking per minute, then generates a playlist of songs in a user-selected genre or mood that matches that tempo. It’s a clever little tool for the cardio enthusiast, one that has been employed by millions of users to motivate longer, more focused runs.
The software allows users to pick from a variety of pre-designed playlists, including Recommended, Upbeat, Indie Kick, and Mood Booster. The new-to-Android mode also features what Spotify calls “Running Originals,” which are songs that have been specifically composed for the service and are fully adaptable — speeding up or slowing down the temp according to the phone’s sensor-determined pace.
With so much of the technology relying on movement, it is important to note that treadmill runners who like to set their phone in the cupholder or other flat surface will have to hold their phone for a few seconds while the app calibrates, or buy an armband or other running-specific case if they would like to use the adaptive Running Originals choices.
The app will begin rolling out to Android users starting today, which should be a welcome addition as the new feature has been a popular addition with both reviewers and users alike. Granting access to Spotify Running to the millions of users on the other side of the mobile line gives Spotify one more weapon against would-be usurpers like Apple Music, Rdio, and others in the fierce battle for music streaming domination.