First refresh in two years

Pandora revamps its mobile apps with new UI, more personalization

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Pandora relaunched its Android and iOS apps with a lighter and cleaner UI Tuesday that also makes it easier to personalize your radio experience: The new version comes with a dedicated personalization button that lets you quickly access a station’s history, allowing you to browse through past tracks or add additional artists or songs to the influences for a station’s mix.

In addition to the personalization features, [company]Pandora[/company] also gave its apps a visual refresh. Gone are the heavy blue title bars at the top of the app and big, obnoxious social sharing buttons. Instead, the apps now feature a lot of whitespace, more subtle grey buttons and an animated equalizer instead of the simple play button to access your current station from anywhere within the app.

Pandora has also integrated contextual information about a song within the station page, where it can be accessed via an animated slide-out menu. Pandora first began adding this information to its mobile apps two years ago, but decided at the time to hide a lot of it in submenus in order to not overburden casual users.

Then-CTO Tom Conrad told me at the time that most casual Pandora users would probably never access these features, but added that he’d be “okay with that.” With this new release, Pandora makes some of the contextual information more accessible, while at the same time dialing back the overall visual language of the app, which helps to make it feel less cluttered.

Check out a few screenshots of the new app below:

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