If you use the official Twitter app for Android... dear God, why are you using the official Twitter app for Android? Stop reading this story and go download a better client. If you simply can't be torn away from mediocrity, you'll find a few new options the next time you update Twitter in the Play Store. Chief among them is a new crop tool, with easy shortcuts to Square ("Instagram mode"), Wide, and Original.

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According to Twitter's blog post on the update, you should see reminders to @reply friends before you post, which didn't happen for me (maybe you need photos of people). Twitter also says that if you do the standard "pull to refresh" move and there's nothing new in your main Twitter feed, you'll be given recommendations on who to follow, trending topics, or recommended tweets. Again, I didn't see this when I tried out the new version of the app.


Other changes in this update appear to be minimal. You can download Twitter in the widget below. Or, you know, go find something better. Either one works.

Michael Crider
Michael is a native Texan and a former graphic designer. He's been covering technology in general and Android in particular since 2011. His interests include folk music, football, science fiction, and salsa verde, in no particular order.

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  • abobobilly

    Still looks ugly as fuck. I'd NEVER appreciate this app unless the devs behind this app experience a change of heart and start following Android's design guidelines.

  • Mister Mnemonic

    Only reason I use the official app is the push notifications, that API is not available to 3rd parties as far as I can tell.

    • Melvin

      I though Plume implemented push notifications fairly recently.

      • Mister Mnemonic

        Plume's way is not really push, but always on streaming that uses up lots of data and battery. Not an option for me.

  • Michael D.

    Well there are a few reasons to use the official Twitter app. Already mentioned push notifications is one. Another interesting one, at least for me, is that when someone retweets something, the original tweet's date/time is shown. And since there are quite a lot of people (in my timeline) that retweet rather old tweets, showing instead the time it was retweeted can be annoying. I have stopped trying out other Twitter apps sometime ago and perhaps this is now offered as an option, but this was a deal-breaker for me.

  • vinitneo

    Is there an app which supports push notification without draining battery?

  • vinitneo

    This problem is only on Android. On iOS - Tweetbot handles things perfectly.

  • Fatal1ty_93_RUS

    On topic of apps, I'm still hoping that someday there will be an official Android Police app...