BlackBerry overhauls Twitter, LinkedIn apps for BB10
BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) is upgrading its free Twitter and LinkedIn social networking apps for its new BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, adding a series of new features and improvements requested by users.
LinkedIn for BlackBerry v10.0.1 features enhanced messaging.
Twitter for BlackBerry v10.0.1 introduces an enhanced Compose Tweet screen enabling users to take a new photo or add an existing one, or add their location; consumers can also compose direct messages from the Me tab within the app. A new conversation view presents a full conversation history after clicking a tweet, and an improved menu introduces new tools to quote a tweet after selecting "retweet" and the option to view tweet details via the "Open Tweet" menu. The Twitter revamp also brings profile editing, improved image viewing, tweet deletion and spam blocking/reporting options.
LinkedIn for BlackBerry v10.0.1 touts more efficient messaging from the profile page, expanded job search tools, LinkedIn Today news filters and full-screen viewing of users' professional profiles.
BlackBerry (formerly Research In Motion) unveiled BlackBerry 10 earlier this year. The OS includes an expanded BlackBerry Messenger service highlighted by Wi-Fi-enabled voice calling and video chat, as well as new collaborative features. The complementary BlackBerry Hub offers a single point of access for all personal and professional conversations, including BBM, email and social media updates. BlackBerry 10 also brings BlackBerry Flow, which promises to combine apps and features more seamlessly--for example, tapping on an attendee listed for a meeting to see their latest tweet or social networking profile.
BlackBerry is relying on BlackBerry 10 to resuscitate consumer and enterprise interest in its platform. Market intelligence firm IDC reports that while Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS combined to power 91.1 percent of all 227.8 million smartphones shipped during the fourth quarter of 2012, BlackBerry powered just 4.5 percent of devices shipped during the period, down from 10.3 percent at the end of 2011.
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