OAKLAND (CelebrityAccess) – Pandora has today (Jan. 15) introduced Voice Mode, a new, native smart assistant that allows listeners to control Pandora’s mobile app using simple voice commands.
According to Pandora, Voice Mode uses advanced Natural Language Understanding technology to respond to a wide array of requests including “command requests” such as changing stations, volume control, skipping or pausing music, “thematic requests” geared toward delivering personalized music based on each user’s unique tastes, moods, and favorite activities, “open-ended requests” like “play something different”or “play something I like,” “basic requests” for a specific artist, song, station, podcast or playlist, “interactive requests” like “what song is this?”, and finally “directional requests” like “add this song to my party playlist” or “I like this” to give a thumbs-up.
By saying the wake phrase “Hey Pandora” followed by a request, users can control and enjoy the full range of their Pandora experience hands-free.
“Pandora is the leader in personalized audio entertainment, and millions of our listeners are already loving the experience we’ve created on smart speakers and other voice-enabled connected devices,” said Chris Phillips, Chief Product Officer, Pandora. “With Voice Mode, we are introducing an even more natural and conversational way for listeners to discover new music and enhance their experience directly in the Pandora mobile app, like getting recommendations from a friend who really knows you.”
Starting today, Pandora will roll out access to Voice Mode to select listeners on iOS and Android, with general availability for all mobile users coming soon.