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If you're a regular user of the iHeartRadio service, there's a big update waiting for you in the Play Store. The most useful addition in the new version of the Android app is undoubtedly the expanded control options: you can now pause, play, or advance your streaming music on the lockscreen or the new notification. The notification is even expandable - are you watching this, Pandora?

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The user interface gets a fancy new slide-out menu, accessible from the main player and home screens. Six favorite stations can be selected (toggle them by tapping the "+" icon in the upper-right corner). iHeartRadio users can also set up notification alerts breaking news on local channels, new music and talk shows, local concerts, radio contests, or even new features for the app itself. And the developers aren't messing around: in addition to a general on/off setting for the alerts themselves, you can set them to ring or vibrate and assign quiet hours.

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Finally, iHeartRadio now features talk and news stations. I assume that it had access to at least some of the local talk radio stations before, but now they're more heavily featured with their own sub-section in the station selection menu, with full descriptions and station logos. "News and Talk" is lumped into one category, public radio stations get their own, and generalized sports stand alone. They're divided by local stations, major cities, and most popular. The app is compatible with all Android phones and tablets running Gingerbread or higher.

Via Engadget

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.
  • Sukhpal

    The quick toggles in the notification bar... custom rom? android skin? app?

    • Kaptain75329

      I believe that's an app called "Settings Extended". I use it.. the app is highly customizable and exceedingly handy.

    • ReturnOfTheMaack

      That phone might be running Cyanogenmod. "Settings Enabled" does the same thing too (app).

  • Gautam

    If was broken in kit kat, this update fixes that and makes it play well (pun unintended) with 4.4

  • ash

    Is this a news?

  • Ryan O’Neill

    We're looking at YOU, Pandora.

  • Shortyeastcoast

    Is this any better than TuneIn Radio?

    • Al Werner

      TuneIn is only actual radio stations. IHeartRadio gives you the ability to build a station based on an artist or song.

  • CEV1206

    How do I turn off those annoying news feeds?
    They will not silence or turn off
    I am going to uninstall the app if i cannot control it.

  • Kelly Parker-Kuykendall