03
Jan
pandora

If you were jealous of iOS users who were able to wake up every morning to the sound of their favorite Pandora stations, then today may just be your lucky day. Today, Pandora announced a new update to its Android app that includes the alarm clock feature which debuted on iOS last month. In addition to waking you up at a set time with the station of your choosing, it also includes a snooze ability and a customizable snooze timer which can be set to 5, 10, 15, or 20 minute intervals.

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If you're one of those who uses Pandora as a sleep aid, you'll also be happy to know that the alarm feature works in conjunction with the sleep timer. The app update does not appear to be staged and is available now on the Play Store.

Shawn De Cesari
Shawn is a web developer by day and XDA's resident archivist for Nexus and Google Play Edition device OTA updates by night. When not immersing himself in code or Android, he can be found hunting down antique signs, taking road trips, listening to music, or playing video games. His phone of choice is a Samsung Galaxy Note 4.
  • Floris

    Judging from the above screenshots, it uses KitKat's new translucent navigation/notification bars!

    • squiddy20

      I just installed the update on my Gnex running CM11 (Android 4.4). While in the app itself, you get the usual black opaque nav/notification bars. What you are seeing in those two middle screenshots is the lockscreen widget when the alarm goes off or the sleep timer is active.
      Sorry to dash your hopes. Would've been awesome.

      • Floris

        Ah, right. Well, at least a major developer is paying attention to the newly introduced KitKat features, so there's that.

  • J3R3MY_H

    How hard is it to add interactive notifications? Why does Pandora not have this?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      More importantly, I'd like to see the ability to categorize stations you create. Say you have 5 stations created for working out or something...it'd be nice to be able to have those in their own category separate from everything else. When you get 50 stations created, it gets a little cumbersome having them all in one big list.

    • Fresh2infinity

      They want you to open the app to look at their hideous banner ads...If I could rate them -50 starts I would for the reason you stated!

      • squiddy20

        Meanwhile, if you put the 4x1 widget that has been available for at least the past year somewhere on one your homescreens, the only time you really need to go into the app is when you want to do something with a different/new station...

        • Aki I.

          Or when the widget eventually stops responding, making you open the app before it becomes usable again.

          • squiddy20

            I don't know about you, but that's usually happened for me only when the app has been paused for a given amount of time (in which case it seems to have been pushed entirely out of memory/RAM for some random reason), not while it's actually running.

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    • squiddy20

      Or the ability to tap the lockscreen widget while music is playing and go right into the app.

  • dmcomp

    "This item cannot be installed in your device's country."

    This item is developed by people who still doesn't understand how internet *should* work.
    I can't see any border in the internet.

    • dar

      It's most likely due to music licensing issues.

      • dmcomp

        Surely it is. The big power behind media owners are killing the spirit of the internet.

    • NorCalAngler

      I see borders all around the Internet; They're called firewalls and ISPs. Ask China about them.

      • squiddy20

        Or North Korea

      • dmcomp

        These borders have the same nature as the ones I wrote before: They are forced by people who also doesn't understand how internet should be. These borders shouldn't be really necessary.

        Internet and WWW have in it's "soul" a world without borders. It's a worldwide web.

        • squiddy20

          Again, just because you think the internet *should* be a certain way does not make it so. Don't like it the way it is? Do something to change it or shut up. I honestly think everyone should serve a few years in the military. Doesn't mean that's going to happen anytime soon (here in the US anyway).

          • dmcomp

            I'm sorry, but I'll not shut up.
            Glad you guys are happy on how it is going, because IMHO, it will be this way and down. ;)

    • squiddy20

      I can't see the borders between the various states here in the US. That doesn't mean the sales tax or state laws are the same from state to state.

      • dmcomp

        And why the same logic should be applied to WWW?
        Because it is this way in the USA, doesn't means it should be this way in the internet.

        • squiddy20

          Newsflash: it's that way outside the US too. Or do you really think there's thousands and thousands of miles of fence around a given country's borders (besides the US/Mexico border)?
          As others have pointed out, it's probably due to licensing issues in your country, not Pandora specifically. I went to Canada for a week, and at one point tried to pull up Pandora. I couldn't even get into the web portal because of licensing issues. The Canadian music rights societies set the price too high for Pandora to comfortably pay for the licensing. So, blame the bigwigs who run the music rights in your country, not Pandora.
          Also, just because I think there *shouldn't* be crime, sickness, or poverty does not mean it will happen. Deal with it.

          • dmcomp

            Glad you are happy the way it is. :)

          • squiddy20

            1. I didn't say I was/was not happy. In fact, I didn't say one word about how I felt about it. Thanks for putting words in my mouth that I absolutely never said.
            2. I'm sorry that you don't have access to this service. It's a pretty cool music service that I think everyone should have access to. But realistically, short of moving to a different country or getting thousands (maybe millions) of people in your country to start a petition/movement, there's almost nothing you can do. That's just the way it is. I don't agree with it, but I sure as h*ll can't do anything about it. So like I said before, either shut up and deal with it, or do something about it.

  • Drkcloud

    Not showing up on the tablet version

    • MacPhyle

      Aha, so that's why I've spent way too long looking for it and not finding it. :/ I guess I should have thought of that. Bummer.

      • Kristin

        I Have It On My Kindle. Just Set The Alarm On It, Too.

  • Doug Griffith

    this would be more useful if you could set the alarm to play through a chromecast...

    • NorCalAngler

      If you want something to play the music louder then a good setup would be a stand-alone bluetooth speaker. Pandora would automatically stream through the Bluetooth output.

  • enoch861

    Does this functionality work in conjuction with Chromecast? Where it can wake to Chromecast with music playing? This would be amazing if it did!

    • fELLAbUSTA

      ooh, excellent question. can someone test this and let us know?

    • http://www.androidenforcer.com/ The Android Enforcer

      I don't recall such functionality when I was using it, but I am not 100% sure..

      The Android Enforcer
      http://www.androidenforcer.com

  • letsplaay

    I've been using Extreme Alarm Clock app with Pandora to wake up with Pandora for the past couple years. The upside of this method is gradually increasing volume.

  • xHabeasCorpusx

    Still no bluetooth apis for smartwatches
    Still no interactive controls for notifications
    Still no station organization ability

    But we have an alarm function now.

    What's with companies constantly adding features but never improving already added features or ui that require little work? SwiftKey wishes to murder people's eyes with their themes. Spotify decided that it should take a year to add landscape support only after many jumped ship. Samsung has been sipping SwiftKeys kool-aid with their colors. Facebook, nothing needs to be said there. Netflix. I mean it goes on. It seems the larger the corporation or company the worse it gets.

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    • Umagp

      The Pebble allows you to switch the music controls over to Pandora if that's your preferred music station. It also works with a couple of other video/music players.

      • xHabeasCorpusx

        It does but it doesn't show the song information. I love my pebble but I can't see who's playing.

        • Yup

          use music boss, works well with mine.

  • h4rr4r

    I dropped them when the permissions became crazy. Has that been resolved?

  • Alchemy08

    Nice.......now i can un-install the unofficial 3rd party alarm app that turn on pandora.

  • chris

    1. my device is not supported?! Nexus 4 :(
    2. did you look at the permissions?

    "add or modify calendar events and send email to guests without owners' knowledge"
    "modify or delete the contents of your USB storage"

    I don't know why I would want to have that.....

  • Sam

    Anyone so kind to upload the APK for users outside the US?

    • Umagp

      Unless you're on a proxy or some such, it won't do you much good. I brought my phone from US to the UK and Pandora told me that it was unavailable outside of the States. That probably hasn't changed unless you're using other workarounds to your country.

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  • wideopn11

    Why doesn't this work with ART? Stupid pandora.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Shawn De Cesari

      Developers couldn't care less about ART yet, especially not huge companies like Pandora. If their products don't work with ART, they aren't going to care until Google either mandates it or at at least recommends it for all versions of Android from X on up. ART is still nowhere near finished, and because of that, don't expect major developers to pay attention to it.