Posted 11/27/2013 at 10:58 AM
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iHeartRadio, the popular live internet streaming service, has just updated its Android app and introduced some useful new features in the process.
First spotted by the guys over at Engadget, the most exciting of the new features is the mini player that brings playback controls to the lock screen and notification bar of your smartphone or tablet. Without having to go into the app or your device you can now play, pause, adjust volume, and change stream. If that’s not convenient enough, the notification feature is also expandable, making the experience even more pleasing.
Inside the app, iHeartRadio brings new user-created custom stations that allow you to set up notification alerts to keep you abreast of breaking local news, weather, traffic, new music, local concerts, contests, and features rolled out in the app. In setting up these notifications, the app allows you to set them to ring or vibrate as you require, as well as being able to toggle them on and off as required.
The interface of the app, which has always been a strong point of iHeartRadio, has also been updated with the addition of a new slide out menu that can be accessed via the main player and home screen. Okay, so the slide out screen is a pretty common feature on Android apps these days, but its availability really adds to the improved user experience.
Finally, the iHeartRadio brings with it some new talk radio and news stations, divided into popular, local stations and cities, and lets you select six favorite stations from the ‘+’ icon at the top of the screen for easy listening.
If you want to take advantage of the new features, iHeartRadio is available to download now from the Google Play Store.