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Twitter Updates Official Android App, Brings Discovery and Search Improvements


Today, Twitter is releasing an update to their official Android application which brings improvements to their already decent Discovery and Search features. From now on, all tweets, trends, and activity will appear in a single stream for easy use. Furthermore, when searching, all relevant results (photos, tweets, etc.) will also appear in a single stream. Looks like someone at Twitter had a light bulb go off over their head.

To peep the full feature changelog, look below. 

Discover: Now all the content in Discover — Tweets, Activity, Trends and suggestions of accounts to follow — appears in a single stream, on both iPhone and Android. You can also dive into Activity and Trends from new previews at the top of the Discover tab.

Search: Search results now surface the most relevant mix of Tweets, photos, and accounts, all in one stream (similar to the stream in Discover). We’ve also added a new search button to Twitter for iPhone, letting you search from anywhere within the app. (This button was already available in the Android and iPad apps.) Look for the magnifying glass icon next to the button you use to compose a Tweet.

Connect: To provide a simpler experience in the Connect tab, the default view is now Interactions, which shows you new followers, retweets and mentions. If you prefer to view only your mentions in Connect, you can adjust the default in settings – find the “Connect tab” option and select “Mentions only”.

Links: Click a URL in a Tweet to go directly to that website from any timeline and get to content highlighted on Twitter faster. (Previously, when you tapped any part of a Tweet, it would first expand and then a second click was required to get to the website.)

The update doesn’t appear to be live yet, but it will be soon.

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Via: Twitter

  • Austin Warren

    Should I join twitter?

  • DaveTea

    I try the official client out after major updates but it never stays installed. Its just horrible. Too many superior options out there. I use TweetCaster Pro mostly since its interface on the N7 is getting pretty good, but Falcon, Twicca, and Plume are all fall better than the official app. At least they are for the way I use Twitter.

    • Is TweetCaster Pro tons better than the free version? I just uninstalled it for Plume because TweetCaster crapped out wayyyy too much during the Superbowl and their JB notifications are awful.

  • My push notifications have been borked since the big outage they had a couple weeks ago… Hopefully this fixes it….

  • Swtiched to Falcon and never looked back. although the notifications don’t work as well as I’d like.

    • I think their JB notifications are the best of the ones I’ve tried!

  • How about updating the Tweetdeck app??? Been idle since 2011.

    • Twitter bought Tweetdeck. the Tweetdeck app is never going to be updated. It’s being incorporated into the Twitter app now.

      • We’re hiring! If you want to join our team in London working on the @tweetdeck Android app, check out the job listing: j.mp/xFqkwE— TweetDeck (@TweetDeck) February 29, 2012

        You sure about that?

        • Yes, they are done working on the Tweetdeck android app. They are taking the Tweetdeck features and including them in the Twitter app. I don’t see your post anymore on their Twitter feed…https://twitter.com/TweetDeck. I also don’t see anything on there talking about phone os apps.

  • anezarati

    if the official twitter app would just add image previews to the stream and image popups, i would be all over it. i hate having to expand a tweet just to see a picture.

  • Shane Redman

    Twitter has an official Android app???

    • KatsumeBlisk

      It’s crap though. The only reason I use Twitter is the stellar 3rd party apps. Once Twitter cripples them more, I’m out.