Pandora hasn't added any dramatic features to the music streaming app since the big interface change and Chromecast support, but they have been putting in small but noticeable changes on a pretty regular basis. Today's update to version 5.2 focuses on expanding some of the latest functionality to tablets and expanding the sleep timer and alarm clock.

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First of all, both are now available on the tablet interface, which is handy for anyone who uses their tablet as a bedside companion. For all versions, the sleep timer can now be adjusted in increments of 15, 30, or 60 minutes, which is still a bit limited as these things go. The alarm clock has also added a snooze function, a vital feature for musical procrastinators.

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Pandora is also playing up musical additions to its portfolio, not unlike Spotify and Google Music do via email. On-device notifications now include new music tracks added to the database, at least if they fit in the musical parameters of your current stations. You'll also get notifications when your friends follow new Pandora users or leave new comments. If you just want the music, you can disable the notifications altogether by un-checking the option in the slide-out menu.

Other than that, it's the same old Pandora. As always the app is free (none of the new features requires a Pandora One subscription) and available for just about any Android device.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

  • Brad

    I know it makes sense, but it sucks that it doesn't use the alarm volume for the alarm clock... I ALWAYS fall asleep with my media volume down... haha

  • Pratik Holla

    I still can't believe its 2014 its the ONLY major music app that doesnt have controls in the notification. Is this really that hard to implement Pandora?

    • PandoraSucks212

      Tell me about it!!!! Pisses me off lol My theory is that they want you to open the app and look at the banner ads ......also baffles me that you have to click menu to quit the app

    • Michael Pahl

      What technologically advanced person even uses this app? c'mon!

    • mark

      What i do is place the app widget in the home screen . it has pause and skip track buttons. At least its something

    • Hacks509

      Root device and download Xposed and then you can add the Controls for Pandora.

  • hp420

    I can finally just install pandora straight from the store!! Thanks, xposed! :D

  • bozzykid

    It is just sad at this point that they don't offer notification controls.

  • jay555

    Yeah it seems Pandora is still stuck in the stone age when it comes to app development in the sense that their app is basically a port of the iOS version. Along with notification controls, I would love for them to finally embrace Holo for their UI. Maybe when Pandora stops treating android users like second class citizens I'll finally sign up for their subscription service.

  • andy_o

    Can people who own other Android tablets that are not a Nexus 10 (especially a N7) please say if this happens to them?

    You go to bed, set tablet on bedside. Set silent mode on. Set Pandora to sleep timer. You don't hear anything because the goddamn tablet silences also media audio on silent mode!

    For reference, this is not a problem on phones.