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Pandora update introduces tablet UI, hints at Chromecast support

A new Pandora update has now hit Google Play, bringing with it a new tablet optimized UI. Additionally, the app's Google Play page hints that Chromecast support could be just around the corner.
October 30, 2013

Pandora is without a doubt one of the hottest music apps for Android, but when it comes to tablets the interface is sorely dated. The good news is that the latest version of the app has now arrived, bringing us a new tablet-optimized interface.

As you can see above, the play interface is now in the center of the screen, with the right side containing a list of options for social sharing and a list of the various music stations. The new interface is very similar to the phone UI and has all the same features, though it does take better advantage of the extra screen real estate.

While a new update is all well and good, that's not the biggest news heading our way when it comes to Pandora.

While a new update is all well and good, that’s not the biggest news heading our way when it comes to Pandora. The real cause for excitement is a feature that is only found in Pandora’s recently released screenshots, and not in the app itself.

We’re talking about Chromecast support.

In the upper right corner you’ll notice that a Chromecast icon can be spotted, though it doesn’t appear in the actual update.  As you might already know, Pandora was originally listed by Google as a Chromecast partner when the device was first unveiled, but the music streaming service yet to actually deliver the promised support.

The screenshots were more than likely taken from a newer build of the Pandora app. Although this doesn’t tell us exactly when Pandora will add Chromecast support, it is hopefully a sign that support isn’t too far away. In the meantime, you’ll want to head over to Google Play if you want to check out Pandora’s latest tablet-optimized update.