Yes, just woke up this morning to see that my Android Spotify widget is gone also. After searching for the widget on my phone and searching online I found some of the other posts that people have mentioned. I can't believe this was intentional! I know about controlling music from the notifications center, and I 100% very strongly prefer using the widget. Sometimes the rewind button won't do anything at all, and a lot of times all of the buttons just aren't sufficiently responsive. Plus I liked seeing the album artwork, and with Spotify being my primary music streaming service, it was nice to have a big button to press so that I could easily launch the app. I had recently upgraded to Spotify family and was enjoying it, but I had noticed some ways that Spotify fails to match competitors, not allowing for playlist reordering and not showing playlist properties (number of songs, run time) clearly (or at all I think) in the mobile app. I was fine with some minor issues, since I generally like the feel of Spotify, but now with the widget gone too, it's definitely making me reconsider the direction Spotify is headed and whether the company really knows what users want from the app feature-wise.
Thank you I didnt know about swiping right to see the date created and total run time. My screen just has those two small infos in the bottom corners then has the playlist creator's picture in the center (no total number of songs). That's a useful screen, but I kind of wish it had a bit more useful info, and maybe some more screens like that so the button wheel is more prominent and that area of the app looks more like a usable area. I'm not sure how I hadn't noticed that wasnt just a little design lol
For reordering, do you mean changing the sort order from custom to by artist, album, etc? Or can you change the ordering of songs within the custom order that they were added? If so, I cant seem to drag and drop songs in the list even after long tapping.
I have no idea who made this design choice but they should Quit Spotify right now! They obviously didn't do any user research otherwise they would understand how many Android users have widgets for accessing media apps on their homescreen. Now you have to go find the app icon first ands then swipe down from the notification shade. Even a monkey could have made a better design choice! #rantover