Twitter app updated for iOS, Android

The Twitter app for users of Android smartphones and iPhones has received an update. In an official blog post, Sung Hu Kim, product manager, Mobile, at Twitter shared that the update is in-line with Twitter's changes over the past few months. Twitter has increased the length of the tweet, allowing users to share more with 140 characters. Users can now view article and photo previews from over 2,000 partners or view photos and videos in fullscreen. Also, the post claims that it’s easier for users to see relevant content when you check Discover or search to find out what’s happening. 

Twitter updated for iOS and Android

iOS and Android app updated



Elaborating on the changes introduced, the post adds that now users can preview photos and article summaries in Discover and Search results without having to tap on them. Users can now discover all the popular tweets in a single stream. All users have to do is tap on 'View all Tweets' and view a single stream of continuous tweets containing news, photos, and other stories shared by those in their network. As for Search, photos from relevant results also appear at the top of the stream. Users can also know better about all that is trending and happening in their network, for example, who marked a tweet as a Favorite. 


For iPhone users, the updated Twitter app (version 5.1) carries the following changelog: 

See what’s popular within your network on Discover.

  • Tweets, tailored just for you, now appear right in the stream
  • These tweets show photo, video, and article previews so you can engage easily


Get a new perspective when you search:

  • A stream of relevant photos appears at the top of your search results
  • Results also show media previews for your viewing pleasure


Manage your account with ease:

  • If you’ve forgotten your password, now you can reset it in a few simple steps
  • If you’ve chosen to protect your tweets, you can manage your follow requests from your iPhone or iPad


As for Android users, the changelog reads thus: 

  • See what’s popular on Discover.
  • Tweets now appear right in the stream
  • These tweets show photo, video, and article previews so you can engage easily
  • Get a new perspective when you search.
  • Photo streams show what’s happening
  • Results also show media previews
  • Manage your account with ease.
  • Reset your password in a few simple steps
  • Other improvements and fixes.


Yesterday, in an official post on its Engineering Blog, Twitter introduced its new Discover feature for iPhone and Android phone users.


Introducing its changelog, Daniel Loreto, engineering manager, Search and Relevance at Twitter shared that Twitter set up the backend from ground up for this new release; ditto for the user interface to enhance the use of Twitter cards. With Twitter cards, users will now be able to see Tweets in Discover with links to news and photos. This format is interactive and replaces the earlier story previews. "And supporting Twitter cards on the backend means we can more directly improve the user experience in our native apps, too," elaborates the post. 


Twitter reveals that content from cards partners will display as previews in the stream. Users will get headlines and publication names for story summaries and photo previews instead of shortened URLs.

Published Date: Nov 16, 2012 15:19 PM | Updated Date: Nov 16, 2012 15:19 PM