Pandora has recently announced that it will soon introduce Voice Mode for mobile, a smart assistant feature which will be similar to Amazon’s Alexa that will allow you to navigate around the app. Using the wake phrase “Hey Pandora” triggers Pandora to listen for a command, so you can use the app hands-free.
The feature will be available both iOS and Android over the next few weeks. If you have it now, you’ll see a small microphone icon in the top right corner of the Pandora app.
The US based internet radio company said it uses natural language understanding technology to respond to requests, and you can give navigation commands like changing stations, controlling volume, or skipping songs or more open-ended requests, like Play something for my workout or Play more like this. It will also respond to interactive requests, so if you hear something that catches your ear, you can ask Pandora, What song is this? or tell it to add the song to one of your existing playlists.
For now Pandora Voice Mode is has only been available for some users on iOS and Android starting today, but it will be available for all mobile users soon.