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Twitter's Android app received its first major update since the v4.0 overhaul last month, with an all-new compose window, rich notifications (for Android 4.1+ devices), and more efficient use of space in the discover, search, and profile timeline areas.

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The new compose area is no longer a popup, but a full-screen window, and rich notifications now show the profile pictures of those people who have interacted with you, as well as a list of interactions if there is more than one. The more information-dense profile and discover tabs aren't exactly a huge change, but should ease the white space OCD of some folks.

The new compose window also gives you full-sized previews of photos you're about to share, and you can hot-switch accounts inside the window as well - a major convenience.

Head to the Play Store to grab the update now, and for more information, hit up the official Twitter blog.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Sqube

    Glad to see they're getting better but I'm still a junkie for TweetCaster.

  • buhdeh

    It's crazy how good the Twitter app on Android is now. Compared to the piece of crap that is Facebook anything.

    • Josh Brown

      As much as I love to bash Facebook, Chat Heads is actually pretty nice. It's poorly implemented on tablets, but I couldn't expect FB to become competent too quickly. Otherwise it's a great way to keep up with chats without losing my context. I'm also a developer and have worked on floating apps (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.keyboardr.widgetsanywhere ), and I can tell you that what they've done is no small feat.

      • buhdeh

        I love chat heads and FB chat but the core app is complete garbage. It's riddled with bugs: slide open contact list, close it then hit home and random stuff gets highlighted; CONSTANT message errors like duplicate messages or messages not loading. The app design is horrific for a tech company - legacy menu button? are you joking?. It stutters even on a Nexus 4. And worst of all, the way the entire app is built is just a horrible experience for messaging. Why on earth do messages need to LOAD? Have you ever seen an IM app that needed a refresh option? And this is just their messaging app. I'm not even joking when I say that the BlackBerry facebook app is probably better than the Android one.

      • mikeym0p

        Just bought your app, it's awesome on my N7. I can minimize the media player controls and take them with me while I read or play a game with my sixaxis.

    • Mike

      I don't use Twitter but heard people complain about the old app. Can you explain what is wrong with the old one compared to the new one?

  • David Harris

    Until they make a better home screen widget, I'm sticking with Plume.

    • yahyoh

      good luck with the lag :)

      • Phil Oakley

        I'm not sure about it being laggy, but it's really ugly.

  • jew

    Still no option to mute.

  • McLean Riley

    Does this pull up every picture and a preview of every article in the app now? How come iOS does this and Android doesn't?

    • skitchbeatz

      you can see that it does in the screenshot above? or am i missing something..

      • McLean Riley

        No, still doesn't. I tried it out. When you click a tweet with an article it doesn't pull up the article like it does on iOS. It makes you go to the actual website of the article. Some pictures do the same thing (not all of them). No idea why, but it is pretty irritating.

        • http://www.facebook.com/lee.goldschmidt Lee Goldschmidt

          It does for me. Don't know what's wrong with your's.

          • McLean Riley

            When you click an article it pulls up the article inside the Twitter app on your phone? It doesn't click out to the browser?

          • http://www.facebook.com/lee.goldschmidt Lee Goldschmidt

            Yes, it brings up the preview just as you describe.

            No comment on that other stuff you said.

          • McLean Riley

            I can get the entire article on Twitter for iOS, and a preview of EVERY picture. This is not the same on Android.

          • Cheeseball

            He means that the preview should just open up IN the Twitter app. It shouldn't have to call on Chrome/Browser just to display pictures.

          • http://www.facebook.com/lee.goldschmidt Lee Goldschmidt


          • McLean Riley

            Right, now click that link, to read the whole article. Does it take you to chrome or whatever browser you use? On iOS it doesn't do that. I want the app self contained.

  • Tom

    As long as they keep requiring call log and contacts permissions I'll be sticking to my third party apps...

    • Daeshaun Griffiths

      to join twitter accounts with the contacts in your phone? U sure that's the only reason?

  • Hothfox

    I'm glad they finally updated their UI and are still updating in a timely fashion. I'd abandoned it, but always missed it because it had the most comprehensive features I wanted (multi account and push notifications).

  • Fernando

    I still miss a tab only for the Trending Topics.

  • JensAstrup

    I just want something that's actually enjoyable to use on my Nexus 10. The format is great for phones, but sucks on a 10 inch screen. Also, I like to switch between my Nexus 10 and 7, but Twitter doesn't sync your place in the stream between devices :'(

    • Gerjannn

      Tried Falcon Pro? Also have a tablet app, awesome on my Nexus 7 :)

      • JensAstrup

        So, I took your advice and after a day of using Falcon Pro I've decided it was one of the best purchases I've ever made.

  • Gerjannn

    The Twitter app is awesome designed. I hope Facebook will make something like this, Also with the new side slide thing Google is building in their apps right now :) Facebook is one of the laziest companies alive, seriously..

  • ricky

    Still hoping that they will add image/video preview in the timeline

  • Simon Belmont

    Now just make it look good on tablets. I can't believe they haven't bothered with that yet.

    I mean, don't get me wrong, it works on tablets. But it'd look better if they made use of fragments or something.