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Twitter Lite app is coming to 24 more countries via the Play Store

Twitter Lite was first introduced around eight months ago as a Progressive Web App, but it turned it into an Android application and published it on the Play Store for users in the Philippines back in September. Now an additional 24 countries will also be able to download it through the Play Store, even though the app is functionally identical to the PWA.

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Twitter's tweetstorm feature starts showing up in the Android app

When 280 characters aren't enough...

Back in September, a developer discovered a hidden feature in Android's Twitter app that would allow you to type out several tweets and queue them to send one by one, making it easier for anyone to launch a "tweetstorm" without having to type and send each tweet individually. Back then, the feature wasn't activated yet, but it now appears to be going live for some users.

Without the change, the compose screen shows your avatar on the top right and a blue Tweet button on the right side of the attachment bar, next to the character counter/circle.

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Twitter is rolling out the 280 character limit to everyone

Twitter has always been limited to 140 characters, which is a holdover from its days as an SMS service. However, earlier this year Twitter started making noise about potentially raising that limit. It began testing an expanded 280 character limit in September, and now that feature is rolling out to everyone. Worried? Twitter says don't sweat it.

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Google serves 'Android Burger' for lunch in company cafeteria, stays true to its emoji and keeps the cheese below the patty

Last week, a tweet from a Danish media analyst contrasting Google and Apple's hamburger emoji designs set the internet ablaze. Google's take on the emoji, which places the cheese below the patty, drew the ire of many. Less than 12 hours later, Google CEO Sundar Pichai responded, reassuring everyone that the company would address the matter immediately. While the world waits to see whether Google changes (some would say, corrects) the architecture of its Android hamburger emoji, there is one update to share: Googlers were served "Android Burgers" on Friday – and, yes, the cheese was kept below the beef patty.

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Twitter's new 'Happening now' section highlights tweets about important sports games and events

Twitter is a great place to find out about stuff that's going on right now. In fact, it's often the first place to get news about certain things, as information spreads through the platform incredibly quickly. Understandably, Twitter wants to leverage its position as a place for first-hand topical content, and its latest attempt to do so is a new feature called 'Happening now.'

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Twitter is testing a new 280 character limit, allowing crazies to ramble on for twice as long

One of the biggest complaints and simultaneous strengths of Twitter is the platform's forced brevity. Whatever you want to say, you only have 140 characters in which to say it. That restriction makes you seriously sit and think about the content of your message. Like it or hate it, now Twitter is testing a larger 280 character limit with a small select group. 

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[Update: APK Download] Twitter Lite arrives in the Play Store, but only for the Philippines

Twitter Lite was released in March as a Progressive Web App. Not only was it a significant upgrade over the previous mobile Twitter site, but it included almost all the functionality of the native app (including push notifications). In fact, it earned a spot in our best Twitter clients list a few months ago.

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Verizon PR exec tweets insensitive post-hurricane message targeting T-Mobile, deletes it after outrage

When you think of cheeky executives in the mobile communication business, your mind probably goes to T-Mobile's John Legere. Whether you love Legere's antics or not, it's hard to deny that he's turned T-Mobile around and made it into a major player. A recent tweet from Verizon executive Jeffrey Nelson shows that he wants a piece of the action; unfortunately, he chose to be brash towards T-Mobile (and other carriers) in the worst possible way at the worst possible time.

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[Update: Winner] Giveaway: Android Police and Nvidia are giving away a SHIELD Pro to celebrate half a million Twitter followers

Everyone is pretty excited over here at Android Police, and for good reason. We just hit a major milestone: over a half million followers on Twitter. To celebrate the occasion, we've teamed up with Nvidia to give one lucky reader a 2017 SHIELD Pro, as well as a $25 Google Play gift card and a handful of game codes. 

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Fenix 2 for Twitter is out of beta and available for $1.99

The original Fenix was one of the most popular Twitter clients on Android, but the developer ran into issues with Twitter's token limit. That was fixed eventually, but the developer had moved on to a complete rewrite of the app. Fenix 2 launched as a preview app back in May, and now it's finished. You can buy the new Fenix right now for $1.99 in the Play Store.

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