Twitter for Android learns a couple new photo editing tricks


If you’re just not a Facebook fan, and continue to fight the good fight against Google’s non-stop Google+ pressure, Twitter offers a relatively straightforward, unencumbered platform through which you can share your photos with your social media friends. Thus far Twitter’s photo support has been a pretty bare-bones experience, and while it’s not about to fundamentally shift anytime soon, today does see the Twitter Android app learn some new tricks that give it some basic, yet functional image manipulation tools.

How basic are we talking about? Really, the extent of its manipulation tools are constrained to framing: rotating the image and cropping it. That falls very much short of even the basic Android Gallery photo editor, but we can appreciate the convenience of having the ability to make some last-second tweaks without needing to jump back over to another app.

While the image tools are a nice, if minor touch, we’re not quite sure how everyone will react to some of the other changes. For instance, the app will now try to bug you to tag photos containing people with their Twitter usernames; we suppose that’s nice if you just forgot, but on the flip side we know darn well how to use Twitter by now, and could see constant reminders becoming annoying.

In a similar vein, refreshing your timeline when there are no new tweets available will now automatically display news updates or recommended accounts you don’t already follow (above, right). On the one hand, maybe that’s a useful way to discover new content, but on the other hand it could be seen as trying to cram unwanted content down users’ throats; if they were actually interested in learning about new Twitter accounts, that’s what the Discover tab already exists for, right?

Source: Twitter
Via: Phandroid

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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!