Pandora app updated with refreshed UI and reduced battery usage

Pandora has released a major update for its iOS application this weekend, bringing it to version 3.2. The new app includes a refreshed UI, and several other welcomed ehancements.

Among the new features is a modification to the app’s architecture, which, Pandora claims, greatly reduces the amount of battery life it uses. Keep reading for the full change log…

New features in Pandora 3.2 include:

  • Visual refresh and design enhancements
  • Full lyrics for the songs we play
  • Artist biographies
  • Detailed track features from the Music Genome Project
  • Song history: rate, bookmark, or buy previously played tracks
  • Explicit lyrics controls
  • Start a new station directly from the Now Playing screen
  • Simplified sign-in and registration screens
  • Reduced battery usage

The update really makes for a more cohesive user experience. I like the new look, which follows the recent Instagram-esque design trend, and new features like Artist Biographies and Song History are a nice touch.

I haven’t been using version 3.2 long enough to notice any kind of significant impact on the battery life of my iPhone 4S, but even the slightest improvement would be helpful at this point.

The app, as always, is free, and can be found in the App Store. And then of course, Pandora is still offering its ad-free $3.99-per-month Pandora One service.

So, what do you think of the new Pandora?

[The Verge]