With news yesterday of Facebook finally updating their Android app, Twitter seems to be following closely, publishing an update of their own in the Market. This update however, is a lot more “reinventing the brand” than previous updates. Twitter is looking to streamline a lot of things with this update, and as far as the idea goes, they’re doing a good job. The functionality and execution is a little lacking at first, but the app seems to perform better and better with continued use. Of course, there are always bugs with major releases, so giving Twitter some time to iron out the bugs before we start jumping to conclusions of negativity seems pretty logical in this situation.
Twitter has set the app up into three main parts this time around. The first being home–a place for you to view all of your tweets, obviously taking the place of your timeline. Secondly, is connect–a place to see things like mentions, messages, and a few welcome features like retweets of you and new followers. I was particularly pleased to see new followers being an addition to this portion of the app, because it was always difficult to find in the app, making relying on email notifications almost mandatory. Lastly is discover–a place to view things like trending topics and searches. Basically, this is the same Twitter we have all come to know and love, just thought about a little differently. Everything is here, it’s just streamlined to a way that will require some new thinking, but will probably be good for both Twitter and the user in the end.
The full list of updates is as follows:
- The latest version of Twitter offers a faster, simpler way to stay close to everything you care about on your Android.
- Home is where you start: a personal collection of Tweets from the sources you care about. The Tweet details show rich information such as replies, retweets and embedded images.
- Connect is the place to see who followed or mentioned you, retweeted or favorited one of your Tweets.
- Discover is where you can tap into the stories and trends people are talking about in your world.