Twitter overhauls Android app for more native experience
Twitter is rolling out a revamped version of its Android application, promising users a more native experience crafted in line with the design principles Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) introduced with the release of its Android 4.0 OS update.
According to Twitter's Android technical lead Jonathan Le, the overhauled app features wider and taller timelines that fill the mobile device screen, a flat navigation bar and tap-and-hold functionality for quicker actions. "You can now quickly navigate between tabs by swiping across your screen," Le notes. "And as you type your tweet or search, you'll see username and hashtag suggestions, making it easier to connect with friends and join conversations."
Twitter is also releasing updated applications for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone and the mobile Web, introducing expanded tweets featuring more content like photo galleries, apps and product listings. "You'll also see a new link right below content that is shared from another mobile app, such as foursquare or Path," Le states. "The link lets you open or download the app right from the tweet, depending on whether or not you have it installed. As an example, if you expand a tweet to view a photo from Flickr, you can tap the link to open the photo in Flickr. If you don't yet have the Flickr app on your phone, you can tap to install it from the tweet."
Twitter passed the 200 million monthly active user milestone in late 2012. Research firm comScore reports that 53.6 percent of unique Twitter users access the platform via mobile device.
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