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Twitter Direct Messages now support Android N's notification Direct Reply

Several apps have been fast to adopt Android N's new Direct Reply functionality for quickly sending out an answer to a message from the notification without having to open the app first. Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp have all done this in the past few months and now it's Twitter turn.

After updating its interface to Material Design, the app's developers seem eager to implement more native Android goodness, and have now added a button to quickly reply to Direct Messages from the notification. This doesn't work for normal Twitter replies, just DMs, so it still won't be too useful if you don't do a lot of one-on-one communication on the service, but it's a step in the right direction.

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Flamingo Is A Beta Material Design Twitter Client From The Maker Of Weather Timeline

There's no shortage of Twitter clients for Android, even if Twitter itself keeps trying to kill them and then back out of it. The latest comes from Sam Ruston, the developer of Weather Timeline, which has been praised both by Android Police and the higher powers at Google itself. Flamingo is a standard Twitter client that almost slavishly follows the Material Design guidelines. It's available in the Play Store for a dollar with no in-app purchases.

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Twitter Will Soon Stop Counting @Names In Replies And Media Attachments Against 140 Character Limit

Since its founding, Twitter's 140 character tweet limit has been sacrosanct. That won't be the case in a few months, though. Twitter has announced a plan to exempt certain @names and media links from the character count. Retweets and the way conversations are broadcast will also change. It's actually a bit complicated.

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Fenix Updated With Ability to Peek At Images, Videos, And Profiles Without Leaving The Timeline

Just a few weeks ago it looked like Fenix for Twitter was dead after the developer ran out of Twitter auth tokens. Then a wonderful thing happened—Twitter decided to work with developers like Fenix's Matteo Villa so their apps don't die after running out of tokens. Fenix is back, and the latest update adds a feature called Peek, which kind of, sort of looks like 3D Touch. It's really just a long-press, though.

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Bloomberg: Twitter To Soon Stop Counting Photos And Links In 140-Character Limit

Twitter will soon make fitting everything into 140 characters an easier task, according to Bloomberg. The news agency reports that the social network is about to stop counting photos and links toward the character limit. The change is expected in the next two weeks.

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Twitter And Viber Reach 500 Million Downloads On The Play Store

When it comes to app download milestones, we like to celebrate the 500 Million and 1 Billion mark here on Android Police and more often than not, the apps are from Google's own portfolio which gives them a significant head-start on the competition by the mere fact that they usually come pre-installed on all Android devices. We've also seen Facebook and WhatsApp hit the 1B milestone, and Skype and Instagram and Dropbox reach 500M.

Still, this amount of downloads is out of reach for many apps and only the elite popular ones can get to it. Now, we're celebrating the 500 Million downloads milestone for two apps you've sure heard about: Twitter and Viber.

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HTC Says It's Shipping Out Pre-Orders For The HTC 10 Now

The HTC 10 has a lot of smartphone fanatics excited, HTC enthusiasts and newcomers alike. Those who pre-ordered the high-end device won't have to wait too much longer, at least not in the United States. That's according to the official HTC USA Twitter account, which, well, ought to know:

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Twitter Adds New Connect Tab To the App For Detailed Follow Suggestions

Like all social networks, Twitter is only fun and useful if you follow people who say things you're interested in. How you find those people is the tricky part. Starting today, Twitter is rolling out a new Connect tab on iOS and Android that allegedly makes it easier to find the right people and accounts to follow.

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Fenix Returns To The Play Store After Developer And Twitter Apparently Reach Agreement To Allow More Users

Fenix disappeared from the Play Store on Monday. You've heard the story before. Popular Twitter client reaches 100,000 users and goes away. If you aren't familiar with the song and dance, here's how it went down this time around.

Except, it turns out, there's a happy ending.

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Twitter Supports Direct Share On Marshmallow: Send DMs To Your Recent Contacts With One Tap

Twitter has a bit of a love/hate relationship with mobile platforms and Android in particular. On the one hand, it's so aggressively possessive and wants an exclusive relationship devoid of any third-parties, on the other it updates its apps at a nice pace and adds new features to them. Oh well, it did let Android users hang behind iOS more than once, but we're not holding grudges.

After adding a share button to send tweets as Direct Messages, Twitter is working on another feature to make DMs easier to use in its app: Direct Share support on Marshmallow. So just like you can immediately send a photo to a specific WhatsApp contact or a link to one Pushbullet device, you can now share those or any random data from other apps directly to a Twitter DM conversation.

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