Jane Manchun Wong has fun with examining the code within applications looking for hidden new features, security vulnerabilities, and references to new upcoming products. Recently, she took to Twitter to reveal some possible upcoming new features to Spotify.
This isn’t the first time Wong has uncovered new app features simply by poring through publically available code. She’s found hidden features in apps from Instagram, Facebook, and Google-branded apps, all of which were eventually released. You can read all about her methods — and how she does this without any interest in financial gain — over at The Next Web.
The new Spotify features Wong found were in the Android app. The first thing she discovered is a sleep timer feature, which would allow a user to play a track or playlist for a certain amount of time and then automatically stop. This is helpful for those who like to listen to music while falling asleep.
Spotify for Android is testing Sleep Timer for Songs pic.twitter.com/VhhZzW5kPI
Wong also found a feature related to connecting with friends on Spotify. You’ll be able to use a custom scannable code that will easily allow you to share songs with people you know. Simply have your friend scan your code — which looks like a sound wave rather than a QR code — in the “Connect to a device” section of the app:
Spotify for Android is testing “Connect with friends” UI in “Connect to a device”“Your friends can add tracks by scanning this code.” the feature indicates “You can also scan a friend’s code” pic.twitter.com/DCfp3z37KO
The final new feature Wong found allows for easy Spotify integration with various navigation apps, including Waze and Google Maps:
Spotify for Android is testing “Connect to Apps” for managing Navigation apps connections pic.twitter.com/Cwe3h49Bd2
We don’t have any idea if or when these features will actually land on the Spotify Android app. However, Wong usually discovers features a few months before they launch, so it might be a while before we see all these. Of course, there’s also the possibility that they won’t land at all.
What do you think? Are you excited about these possible new Spotify tricks? Let us know in the comments!