Google Glass now has Pandora support, giving the wearable another option for streaming music playback. The new Glassware pipes Pandora’s ever-changing custom radio playlists to the headset, complete with support for starting a new channel or picking from a preexisting one.
As with any Pandora app, there’s also support for shaping the playlist by marking it thumbs-up or thumbs-down.
That’s handled by swiping and tapping on the touchpad on the side of Glass, which also controls play/pause, skip, and stop. However, voice commands can be used to load a Pandora station, or to create a new one.
The audio itself can be played back via the single earbud which Google began included with its mildly-refreshed version of Glass at the end of 2013, or using a USB stereo headset if you have one. Those who don’t care about audio quality can even listen to Pandora through the bone-conduction earpiece, but it’s not likely to be an especially gratifying experience.
Pandora actually came up with the app after a company hack-a-thon, with a team developing the initial version in just 72 hours. That was subsequently shown to Google, and the full app developed. The Pandora Glassware is free and available to install now.