Android Apps

Twitter for Android adds notifications for specific users, expanded tweets, and bug fixes

July 10, 2012 | by Andrew Kameka



Twitter is relying less on the browser these days with a new feature that makes it possible to access more content within its Android app. The latest version of Twitter for Android makes it possible to see expanded tweets, meaning content from select sites will appear directly below the tweet rather than requiring visiting that link in the browser

Expanded tweets is popular on the desktop because it allows users to see a photo without having to leave, and the same principle applies here. Certain photo sharing websites will display images below the tweet, and preview text from news sites like MLB or The Atlantic can appear as well. When someone links to a Kickstarter campaign, the video for that project will appear within the Twitter app.

Notifications also get a very nice change now that push notifications can be set for a particular account. If you only want to be updated when @Foodtruck posts his location, or when @Verizon tweets about a new contest, you now have that option. To enable user notifications, simply follow these steps:

  1. Go to an account’s profile page
  2. Tap on the drop-down menu next to the “Follow” button
  3. Choose “Turn on notifications”

I used to love an app named nanotweeter that offers user notifications, so it’s good to see the official Twitter app embrace the change. The official Twitter Android app is always playing catch-up with the third-party options out there, but it’s slowly narrowing the feature gap with new updates. It still doesn’t follow the Android guidelines introduced with Ice Cream Sandwich – and it doesn’t need to, to be clear – but it has some new features that will please users who opt to get their tweets straight from the source.

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