Twitter has revamped its popular Android application to offer improved search and usability and a more consistent look and feel across platforms.
Twitter for Android is one of the fastest growing Twitter apps, coming from nowhere six months ago to enter the top five in the past two months alongside other favourites including Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for BlackBerry, the firm said in a blog post.
Firstly, users can now access the app even if they have not signed in to Twitter or don't have an account, performing tasks such as viewing trends, browsing interests and viewing suggested users.
The design of the app has also been updated to make it faster and simpler to navigate Twitter on an Android device. On signing in, users are presented with their timeline and several icons across the top which allows them to view @mentions, messages, and lists.
"Also, the @mentions tab now includes Retweets; seeing replies and Retweets in one place offers a quick way to better understand which Tweets are sparking interest and engagement," noted the blog post. "In addition, we introduced auto-complete for usernames."
The new app also has universal search, which means that Twitter will return tweets with the term being searched for, tweets sent by people neaby, or people whose user names include that term.
Users can also scan their address book to find friends who have opted in, who are on Twitter.
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