Google has opened an official Twitter account for Google Play. According to their first tweet, you can expect to see tweets of special deals and promotions that are running in Google Play. Awesome.
There’s some big app updates out there today. Over on Google Play, you can go pick up the newest versions of Twitter, Foursquare, and Amazon MP3. Twitter takes the cake for update of the day, adding pinch to zoom for photos, photo streams, and new profiles with header images. As for Foursquare, you can manage your connected apps now through the settings menu. Yep, big things. To finish it off, we have Amazon MP3 that which has just added the ability for users in the U.K., Germany, and France to take part in the service.
Go get your updates.
This morning, Seesmic announced that it had been acquired by fellow Twitter client, Hootsuite. Seesmic has always been a pioneer in the Android Twitter game. At one time, they were the go-to client. To see them join forces with Hootsuite, my favorite Twitter client of the last 4 or 5 years, this should only mean that amazing updates and features will be on the way. Hootsuite has mentioned that they have experienced recent “hyper-growth,” which apparently means that others are seeing the light.
The OneLouder Apps team introduced a new Twitter client today, called Slices for Twitter. After seeing success with their other social apps like TweetCaster and BaconReader, they decided that your Twitter experience could be even simpler or more involved, depending on how you want to approach it.
Slices is for both beginner and advanced users who want to easily discover likable new content, browse the Twitter world by category (live events, celebs, music, etc.), bookmark favorite accounts, and synchronize it all between web and mobile device.
If you remember from a while back, we introduced you to Carbon for Android, a hugely popular Twitter client that started on webOS. The first video, even weeks back, showed great promise of an app that we couldn’t wait to get our hands on. Unfortunately, things went quiet on the Carbon front, but the team has come out and given us an update on where they are and when we can expect the application.
The official Twitter for Android application received a healthy update today. It includes some nice features along with some various bug fixes that should make the app much more pleasant to use on the day to day.
In the update, Twitter is introducing “expanded tweets.” When you select a tweet that contains a link, you can now view images, play videos, and view other media content as long as it is a link to a partner site of Twitter. We now have push notifications for selected users you follow (finally) as well as tappable profile pictures for easy creeping. It’s a solid update in our book.
It seems that there is never a shortage of Twitter clients for Android. So, here is another to add to the list. Tweet Lanes is still under development, but so far, it rocks. With a beautifully designed UI inspired by Ice Cream Sandwich, you swipe from left to right to see all of the tweets, mentions, and profiles. What I enjoy most is the ever-present bar on the bottom where you tweet from. Makes for very easy sharing.
The official Twitter application for Android has been updated and brings some pretty cool features along with it. Under the recently added Discover tab, resides a new stream of content called Activity. “Activity is a stream of updates that shows which Tweets are favorited or retweeted by the people you follow and which accounts those people follow or add to lists.” Make sense? Let’s hope so because we’re moving on. Along with that feature, push notifications have also been added for interactions that your individual tweets have. Have you just been retweeted or favorited? Well, thanks to these new notifications, you can know who and what was done with your tweets.
Call me crazy, but I’m starting to miss the days of simply tweeting and not getting lost inside streams of “Activity.” According to our recent poll, Twitter is the number two choice among DL readers when it comes to which social network they find themselves playing with the most. Facebook of course, destroyed the competition with an overwhelming 53% of the vote.