Whether due to neglect or a topsy-turvy set of priorities, Android developers sometimes leave out basic features like lock screen or notification (I'm looking at you, Spotify) controls. Well, Pandora is fixing at least some of its problems with an update that brings the ability to pause or skip tracks from the lock screen. Unfortunately, notification controls still aren't available but, hey. One step at a time.

2013-04-01 20.31.59

Here's the full change log:

What's in this version:

- Lock screen controls for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and later
- Added elapsed and remaining timestamps to the track progress indicator
- Reduced startup time
- Bug fixes and enhancements

Aside from the lock screen controls, it's not a huge update, but it's always encouraging to see a prominent developer truly take advantage of what Android can do. Other developers, take note. Oh, and Pandora, notification shade controls, please? Thank you.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Wilfredo Alarcon

    April Fool's?

  • Elthon Cisneros

    LOVE THIS UPDATE! Only thing i would change is to add the notification controls(and remove the 40 Hour limit!)

  • http://twitter.com/TheChrisGlass Chris Glass

    Nice. Glad to see them improve it. I still wish they'd make the buttons on the bottom take up all the free space, rather than just being the icons themselves. Would be especially useful for car mode.

    • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

      YES. There's not much to show UI-wise, and tiny buttons are bad in a car.

  • TomasHunter

    It's great that they finally got around to giving us lock screen controls, but I think they could have provided more than two buttons. How about a Thumbs up or Down?

  • HctrDvd

    Hi! HTC Sensation 4G running Android 4.0.3. Cant see the Pandora lock screen controls. A little help!!!

    • squiddy20

      "running Android 4.0.3" There's your problem... (lockscreen widgets were introduced in 4.2)

      • HctrDvd

        Oh, I understood that Android 4.0.3 was ICS?

        • http://www.facebook.com/rob.rohrback.1 Rob Rohrback

          The update states lock screen controls are available for ICS and higher. My nexus 10 is able to display them, but not my galaxy note 2 running 4.1.2 JB. So although "Pandora' is compatible, Anything below Jellybean 4.2 is not.

        • squiddy20

          Android 4.0 to Android 4.0.4 is indeed ICS, while Android 4.1 is Jelly Bean and 4.2 is Jelly Bean MR1. As I said above, lockscreen widgets weren't introduced until 4.2, so there's really no way for even a device running 4.1 to have them. In this case, Pandora has it wrong.

  • Gandalf_Teh_Gray

    Why not make your own with Widgetsoid?

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Why would anyone use Pandora at this point? I feel like there are so many better options, ones that provide better recommendations and let you go back.

    • jayray78

      What would you recommend?

      • http://twitter.com/misterE33 Mr E

        I've been using Pandora a lot lately (on desktop), but would be open to suggestions. I was a loyal Slacker listener for a long time, but switched looking for more variety.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        Spotify at the very least. My music choices so far are Spotify, DI.FM and all their stations, Turntable.fm, and TuneIn Radio.

    • Bradley Ruiz

      Well Pandora was the only service i manage to get it to work ouside de US :P

    • Floss

      Name one that offers the same feature set for free, but better? And this isn't a name one because I think you can't, it's a I really want to know.

  • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael

    "Lock screen controls for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and later" ICS? o.O

  • http://twitter.com/chriscardinal Chris Cardinal

    Spotify has lock screen controls. Has for months and months now.