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Pandora Controls Back On Android Lollipop Lock Screen (Android 5.0.1)
For you all who are avid Pandora users like myself, the changes in the Android update to Lollipop was semi-devastating. With the roll out of lollipop there were some changes that made music playing more of a hassle than anything, with the loss of lock screen widgets.
Now for me, I didn’t immediately lose functionality of my Pandora app controls. I just woke up one day and the lock screen controls were gone. Now I know this may seem trivial to some, but when you listen to Pandora as much as I do and also pay the $4.99 a month for Pandora One added with the fact that you are used to it working one way to control your music, then this is a pretty big deal.
I use Pandora from my phone, in the car, at home, at the gym and any other time I want to hear music. There was a widget you could put on your home screen, but for those of us that use some sort of security on our phones, it isn’t safe (while driving) and it was extremely inconvenient to have to put your lock code in to listen to music.
For me it was such a huge issue, that I spent all day Saturday looking for a work around for this. Downloading several lock screens that allow widgets on the lock screen. Of course I never found anything that worked for me, so I began my search for a new music player.
I never got far because I don’t want to pay any more than the $4.99 that I was used to paying and I also want to have my ad free music, and I just didn’t find anything that I was willing to switch to.
Needless to say I am ecstatic about the fact that I can skip, play, and pause all with out having to go pass the lock screen.