BlackBerry updates Twitter app for legacy smartphones

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BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) is upgrading its free Twitter application for legacy devices running BlackBerry OS 5 and higher.

Twitter for BlackBerry v4.1 includes a series of new tools highlighted by a simplified sign-in process that pre-populates the name and email fields via the user's BlackBerry ID credentials. "All you have to do is enter a new password--it's that simple," said Inside BlackBerry Blog Manager Donny Halliwell. The revamped Twitter app also features enhanced profiles complete with swipeable bio banners and improved notification support with options to activate alerts for retweets, favorited tweets and new followers.

BlackBerry supports a separate, more full-featured Twitter client for devices running its fledging BlackBerry 10 operating system, introduced earlier this year. BlackBerry 10 expands users' communication and collaboration options, with an expanded BlackBerry Messenger service highlighted by Wi-Fi-enabled voice calling and video chat as well as BlackBerry Hub, which 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 his latest tweet or social networking profile.

BlackBerry is relying on BlackBerry 10 to resuscitate consumer and enterprise interest in its platform. Market research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech reports that while Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android and Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS combined to power 93 percent of all smartphones sold in the U.S. during the first quarter of 2013, BlackBerry powered just 0.9 percent of devices sold during the period, down from 3.2 percent during the first three months of 2012.

For more:
- read this Official BlackBerry Blog post

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