Spotify’s Android app has experienced some issues after a recent update, including playback interruptions and the disappearance of notification-based controls.
Spotify users have reported issues with the app’s latest update in its community forum and on Reddit in the last few days. The playback bar at the bottom of Spotify for Android has disappeared, which means the app is not recognizing any music playing.
Furthermore, the Android operating system is not notified that media is being played when the issue occurs. It’ll also be possible to watch a YouTube video and listen to a Spotify song at the same time.
Despite Spotify’s public acknowledgement of the problem and request for additional info, the exact cause of the bug is still unknown. It is possible that your device could be experiencing this issue due to an older version of the Spotify application than version 188.8.131.521. It would be safer to wait until Spotify releases a new update in the coming weeks, as the company does not allow its app to be uploaded to app archiving websites.