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Monday, September 14, 2015

Pandora Radio Finally Comes To Android Auto; Update Available [Screenshots]

Pandora Radio has long been one of the big players in music streaming. The service has been available in car dashboards via various mediums (in OEM systems and aftermarket head units) but now it's time to take the next step.

Towards the end of last year, the service announced plans of integrating Android Auto compatibility. And with the latest update of the Pandora Radio app on Android, developers have added Android Auto compatibility.

Check out some Android Auto screenshots below.

Pandora Radio (version 6.4 - Google Play description)

- Now you can listen to Pandora in Android Auto equipped vehicles. Just connect your compatible device and you're ready for the road ahead.
- Want a short break from ads? Try the new Pandora One Day Pass. Zero ads, no strings attached - all for less than a buck.
- We sacked some bugs that may have gotten between you and your music discovery.

Link to download: Pandora Radio from Google Play

I used Pandora on Android Auto for a short while now and it works without any issues. The app loads quickly and skipping through tracks worked well too. You will have to log in to your account to access your saved stations.

For ad-free service, you will need to subscribe to Pandora One which also gives you unlimited track skipping. The service costs $4.99 per month but Pandora also offers day passes for $0.99 per day. Pandora One free trials are also available.

The addition of Pandora to Android Auto means Google's car dashboard software beats Apple at the race to integration. Back in April, Pandora announced plans of CarPlay integration at some point, but it's been over five months since that announcement. Users are spoiled for choice with music streaming apps these days and Pandora will need to keep up. Integration with CarPlay should help.

Here are some Pandora screenshots on Android Auto...

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