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Pandora Android app in the works says company CTO

June 18, 2009 | by Andrew Kameka


Pandora Android app in the works says company CTO

A Pandora Android app is being developed. After the other major smartphone operating systems were granted its presence, Pandora, the popular Internet radio and music recommendation service, will finally trickle down to Android.

Pandora CTO Tom Conrad posted on his personal blog that the company is indeed developing an Android client for its music service. He did not reveal a timeline or expected date of release, but confirmed that the Pandora team heard the clamoring and is already working on getting an app developed for Android.

Pandora is highly popular on the iPhone and has the distinction of being one of the few apps to launch on the Palm Pre webOS system. Meanwhile, Pandora fans with a T-Mobile G1/HTC Dream or HTC Magic have had to wait on word of when they would gain a mobile app. Conrad’s comment that “I need Android like I need a hole in the head” at a panel last year wasn’t very encouraging, either.

Conrad has since changed his tune, saying on his blog:

The [Android] OS has also evolved noticeably with lots of great new features for developers and end users to take advantage of. While I regret our inability to be part of the Android community from day one, I’m really excited to join the party in progress.

He further explained that excitement for the iPhone, strength in numbers for Blackberry and Windows Mobile, and unique marketing opportunities for working with the Palm Pre, were the reason that Android ended up last in line. Better late than never.