Pandora today updated its Android application to finally bring about a proper design for tablets. 

The revamp smartly covers both portrait and landscape orientations, though the latter looks a little weird until you get two or three album covers onto the screen. No matter, though, it's absolutely an update you'll want to snag.

With the redesign you get easier access to your playlists, song lyrics and other sharing and purchasing options. Pretty self-explanatory, actually. 

Chromecast support? Or Samsung Multiscreen? (Or both?)

Pandora and Samsung Multiscreen

By the way — an earlier version of the Google Play listing apparently showed off a Chromecast-like sharing button (as spotted by several Android blogs). Chromecast support is absolutely a feature we want to see in Pandora, and some now-removed HTML clues lead us to believe it'll probably happen.

Google's Chromecast and Samsung's Multiscreen both use the same icon for sharing.

But it also needs to be noted that the Chromecast-like icon also is what Samsung is using for its Multiscreen sharing capabilities, as announced this week at the Samsung Developers Conference in San Francisco. Indeed, we saw the Pandora app demoed with that exact sharing button.  (Check out the Pandora section in the Keynote video here.)

The screen shot on Google Play has since been pulled — not surprising given that support for Samsung Multiscreen (again, officially coming) or Chromecast (not yet official) isn't available just yet.

But it's only a matter of time before we see Pandora streaming to your TV or home entertainment center, one way or another.


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Pandora updates UI for proper Android tablet design


This is my question as well. If they are called something different but interact the same that would be alright with me. Otherwise, just one more segmented thing to confuse everyone, and cloud the issue.

From what Phil or Jerry said the other day the answer is:

I am 90% sure they both follow whatever the name of the protocol is.

So 90% yes they do

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I hope you do a follow up and let us know. I am interested in this as I am sure others are with the compatibility between the two

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So where did they hide the sleep feature in the new version? On my Moto X it is right where it should be, but on my Nexus 7 it is no where to be found.

Email from Pandora Support:

Warren | Pandora
OCT 31, 2013 | 05:28PM PDT
Hi Cheyne,

Thanks for writing in and sorry for any confusion. The most recent version of the Pandora app for Android tablets does not have the sleep timer feature found in the current version of the Android phone app.

I’ve let our Product team know that you would like feature parity for tablets.

Thanks for your patience in the meantime!
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