Twitter update brings push notifications to iOS, Android apps


Twitter introduced updated applications for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS and Google's (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android, introducing a series of new features highlighted by push notifications for tweets.

"You can get notifications from people you follow whenever they send a new tweet or retweet; turn on push notifications for tweets for any user via the action button on their profile and edit these notifications in your account settings on your device," explains Twitter Product Manager Sung Hu Kim, who goes on to suggest that users follow local news organizations and media outlets to keep tabs on what's happening in their city.

Twitter 4.3 for iOS and Twitter 3.3 for Android also bring expanded tweets, first introduced on and last month. While Twitter previously enabled users to expand tweets to view user-generated content like YouTube videos and Instagram photos, the microblogging platform is now allowing media partners like The Wall Street Journal and Time to deliver rich content connecting consumers to their website. Also new on Twitter for iOS: Events experiences customized around spectacles like NASCAR races, collecting tweets from the perspectives of drivers, celebrities, commentators and fans.

The revamped Twitter apps additionally include recent enhancements designed to simplify search. The tweaks include search autocomplete, which shows users the most likely terms for a query as they type it, as well as spelling corrections that automatically generate results for the intended query and related suggestions for topics with multiple search terms.

Twitter now boasts 140 million monthly active users who produce more than 400 million tweets each day. iOS and Android users comprise 60 percent of all Twitter users.

For more:
- read this Twitter Blog entry

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