Twitter for Android Gets Faster, Prettier

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Today was Facebook day; both iPhone and Android got updates (but there was no “Facebook Phone” like some had prophesied). Apparently Twitter didn’t want all the press to go to their competition, so they released an update to their app today as well.

I’ve got to be frank, when Twitter released their “official” Android app, I wasn’t impressed. Way back in the day I even purchased Bloo – Native Facebook App by Dimitris Couchell, which stopped getting updated almost the day after I bought it (but I digress). Fortunately, one of my favorite app developers made a beautiful Twitter client called Touiteur. Ever since that’s been the bar that I’ve compared every other Twitter client against — including the one from Twitter themselves.

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What’s in the new build? Glad you asked!

According to Twitter’s blog, they’ve made the following changes:

The Tweet details page. We changed the layout of the timeline and introduced a Tweet details page, which you can access by simply clicking on a Tweet. This feature – which is already available in Twitter for iPhone, Twitter for iPad and Twitter for Windows Phone – makes it easier to click on links and reply to, retweet, or favorite a Tweet.

Speed. The app is now even faster. In this version, we’ve tried a new way of drawing a timeline of Tweets that optimizes for scrolling speed. Try it out, and you’ll see how much faster and smoother the timeline loads and scrolls.

Polish. We added some more nice touches to the application as well:

Pull to Refresh: This popular feature, which was first available through our iPhone app, functions just as it sounds – when you’re at the top of your timeline, simply pull down to load new Tweets.

Swipe to Reveal: Swipe across a Tweet to get quick access to several options, such as viewing a user’s profile, sharing a tweet, or replying.

Quote a Tweet: Clicking the retweet icon now gives you the option to quote a Tweet. Of course, you can still retweet as you normally would.

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If you’ve got Android 2.1 or higher on your phone, you can grab the update from the Market. Is it “better” than Touiteur? Not yet… but LevelUpStudio can now learn some things from them, rather than the other way around.

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Source: Twitter Blog

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Joe Levi
Joe graduated from Weber State University with two degrees in Information Systems and Technologies. He has carried mobile devices with him for more than a decade, including Apple's Newton, Microsoft's Handheld and Palm Sized PCs, and is Pocketnow's "Android Guy".By day you'll find Joe coding web pages, tweaking for SEO, and leveraging social media to spread the word. By night you'll probably find him writing technology and "prepping" articles, as well as shooting video.Read more about Joe Levi here.