Twitter streamlines mobile apps with inline images, favorites, retweets


Twitter is all about communication at a glance: its inherent character limitations keep messages short, and hashtags can simplify things further still into a few bullet points. Despite all this airy simplicity, the mobile app itself has been sort of tap-heavy. Today Twitter announces efforts to do something about that, cramming more information and controls into the main timeline view.

It used to be that if you wanted to see an attached image, reply to a tweet, favorite it, or retweet, you first had to tap through to an individual screen for that message. Instead, updates to the Twitter apps for both Android and iOS will now show images and Vine clips integrated with the primary timeline, and buttons for replies and the like are right there for you to hit.

On one hand, that all sounds pretty convenient, but we can see more than a few downsides: it’s going to make your timeline a whole lot less dense, which is a problem depending on how active the accounts you follow are, and it threatens to make it much easier to accidentally hit favorite or another action button when attempting to just scroll. We’ve also got a feeling that pulling down all this imagery is going to spell significantly higher bandwidth consumption.

The Twitter website will see these inline changes, too, but there’s no word on them coming to Windows Phone.

Source: Twitter
Via: the::unwired

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!