Streaming music on Spotify through Apple Watch currently requires connecting to an iPhone. However, a new update to the music streaming app appears to be removing that requirement for some users.
A report by Macerkopf suggests that multiple Spotify users are now able to directly play songs or podcasts using the app on Watch without needing an iPhone. This was after a test conducted by Spotify in September, the report says.
This change basically makes the Spotify app for Watch more than just a remote control for the iPhone. That said, it's a bit late to the game, as Pandora and Apple Music already support that capability. Of course, streaming music on Spotify won't work without a Wi-Fi or cellular connection.
In addition to the new capability, Spotify has also added a recently played section as well as access to your library when streaming on Watch. However, it seems you can't search for songs you wish to play as this feature is missing from the app. That means your streaming experience will largely depend on Siri, which will pull up specific titles for you. The new feature seems to be available in beta for now, so it may not be live for everyone just yet.