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Last Updated: October 31st, 2013

It's about damn time. While Pandora has been slowly and steadily updating its Android app for years (the latest big update was a sleep timer), the tablet experience has been sorely lacking ever since Honeycomb. The music streaming service has redeemed itself with version 5.0 of the Android app, which now shifts the interface significantly on Android tablets.

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The main play interface occupies the center of the screen, going back through your play history with album art and displaying contextual track information below it. On the right you'll find the list of your stations, with options to add variety or share them socially available as pop-up menus. You can also arrange them alphabetically or by the date you created or added them - a nice touch.

The settings open on the left, accessible from the action bar or as its own icon if you're using the app in landscape mode. The profile icon lets you see a more complete, dated history, including likes and the capability to remove them. There's also a token "find people" option if you feel the need to engage in Pandora's semi-closed social network.

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The interface isn't exactly Holo, but it's attractive and effective. Pandora is my primary source of radio-style listening, so I'm thrilled to see such work put into the Android app. One thing I'm not thrilled about: the sleep timer seems to have disappeared. Here's a reliable alternative if you need one. There's also no notification controls - oh well, gotta save something for the next update.

Experience the best Pandora yet with our new app design, now optimized just for your tablet.

Take advantage of all of the features you love on your tablet - add variety to your stations, view your thumb history, and see track lyrics.

Just swipe your tablet screen to explore without interrupting your music. The new third pane makes it easier than ever to view your music feed and personal profile or find new artists and tracks.

Update: Commenter One An9gry N00b points out that the Play Store screenshots now include a Chromecast icon. Chromecast support is nowhere to be found in the app itself, but this is a definite indication that Pandora is looking to support the device in the future. The screenshots are probably from a slightly newer developer build.

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Update 2: Hey look, they turned on Chromecast support.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • Chromecast

    chromecast support?

    • Brad

      nope

  • Cory Wilson

    it's just too bad Pandora is terrible. I mean the paid service still has a skip limit! that's why I use slacker pro

    • hp420

      That's why many people use a modded apk with unlimited skips.

  • One An9ry N00b

    There's no chromecast support yet, just tried. But if you look at the screenshots in the play store, there's a chromecast icon on almost all there screenshots.

    • Jeremiah Rice

      Hmm, maybe they took screenshots of a developer build. Nice spot.

      • jm9843

        Or support is already in this build but an update needs pushed out to Chromecast to white-list the app? Maybe additional Chromecast apps will be announced along side KitKat this week..

        • http://googleplus.VoluntaryMan.com/ William Thieme

          That'd be so sweet.
          I ordered two thinking it'd be an open platform and have been stuck with ~4 choices ever since!

    • Grimmjow

      That icon is not exclusive to chrome casting, i've used it in Google Music to send music over BT to my car stereo as well.

      • Frettfreak

        yeah, its the multi screen icon. I have used it to send vids / pics to my xbox as well

    • Eric Jones

      Chromecast in Pandora is working for me. I'm listening to it right now. Not sure if the chromecast got updated, or if it's a slightly different version of the Android app.

      Pandora app says version 5.0.

      Chromecast says build number 13300.

  • Dan

    Does it support AVRCP 1.3 yet?

  • slurivariv

    THe update was the first thing I saw this morning when I woke up. Looked at the screenshot and CHROMECAST ICON... but when I updated, no support. -sigh- Actually, my phone version looks nothing like any of the images actually. But, the screenshots at least give me hope that they're working on it and should be released "soon."

    • duse

      Yeah, 5.0 doesn't look like the screenshots on phone, still the old UI, which is terrible. A very poor copy of the iPhone UI, weird slide out menu that should just be a normal overflow menu, Settings as a tab on the home screen, etc. A real mess.

  • ox

    Does it still require full access to your phones address book?

  • J3R3MY_H

    The widget isn't ugly anymore!!

  • Brad

    No Chromecast :-

  • Josh

    I hate that "quit" is still buried in the menu of the station list and not accessible from the now playing screen.

  • Alberto

    You could arrange the station by the date created or by alphabetical before it not new

  • squiddy20

    I wonder if this (finally) fixes the occasional random skipping of songs.

  • Spasillium

    I take it that with some know-how, Chromecast can be enabled? I found this after decompiling the APK, but don't know what or how to work with any of these files.

  • http://randomphantasmagoria.com/ Shawn

    Chromecast support may be announced as early as today. Google hasn't whitelisted Pandora yet. This comes from a well placed source in Pandora (my best friend). Either way, Chromecast support will be available in very short order.

  • Andrew Wacker

    This is all well and fine, but can you add seeds to a station yet? iOS has had this feature for years. Seems silly that this is lacking in the Android version.

    • ddh819

      i don't know how it looks on iOS, but if you long press on a station you can edit it and "add variety" - is that what you're looking for?

  • Fresh2infinity

    4-5 years later and still no notification controls....I should not have to open the app and stop what I'm doing just to skip a song! Widgets and Lockscreens are ok... but again I shouldn't have to be on my homescreen or locksreen to change a song smh

  • Frettfreak

    Pandora?? Oh yeah, that music service people used to listen to before Google play all access. I remember that! ;)

  • Greg

    On my 2013 Nexus 7 the sleep timer function is gone. Same version on my phone has sleep timer!?!?

    • Ken H 1970

      I just had the same problem. WTF. NEXUS7

      • paytonn

        same here - razr still has the sleep timer, but its gone missing on my tablet. interface looks the same on both, except the menu button works differently - on phone, it brings up the menu (new station, share, publish, sleep timer, etc) . on the tablet, settings. maybe there's some "screen gesture" i'm not making correctly ? heh.

  • http://raulgullon.com/ Raül Gullón

    APK for those using Pandora outside US? Thanks!

  • Eric

    Sleep timer disappeared with latest update on my nexus 7. I used it all the time. How do I complain??

  • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

    I love Pandora, but unfortunately it only works when I'm in the US. So, I've deleted the app...

  • Tia

    Where can the sleep timer be found?

  • dtwowhtwow

    Don't upgrade past 4.5.1 or you loose the sleep timer function

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