Twitter buys up Cover, the contextually aware lock screen replacement

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Remember that contextually aware lock screen from a few months ago, Cover? The app hasn’t made any waves lately, but that didn’t stop Twitter from scooping up the app and its developers.

Twitter is generally pretty platform agnostic, so it’s interesting that they were willing to acquire a startup that only applies to the Android side of the fence. Of course, there’s always that chance that Twitter only bought Cover for some interesting technology or the developers, especially since Cover plans to stay available in the Play Store for the foreseeable future. » Read the rest

Twitter enhances photo features on mobile client

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Twitter-for-Android-Receives-Bug-Fix-UpdateGoogle+ probably has the most advanced image tools of the social networks, but Twitter is trying to catch up. Twitter announced new photo features today that include photo tagging and the ability to upload up to four images per tweet.

You will be able to tag up to ten people in each photo with Twitter usernames, without wasting any of the 140-character limit. Tagged users will receive a notification just like a mention. For the second new feature, users will be able to upload up to four images per tweet, compared to the original one that was allowed. The pictures will be turned into a collage, or album of sorts which can be viewed on mobile, desktop, and embedded clients.

The features are going to first roll out on iOS, but we’ll see them on Android soon.

Source: Twitter Blog


Talon for Twitter gets updated to version 2.0 with several new fixes and features

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Talon for Twitter is seeing a pretty big update today that brings it up to version 2.0, and like the app’s other updates, this one does more than just fix bugs. The changelog for this version includes UI tweaks, new features, and a brand new widget for the users that have been requesting it.

In the UI for Talon, you’ll now see a floating compose button on the side of the app, instead of in the action bar. This compose button appears whenever you stop scrolling through your timeline and makes it easier to quickly start writing out tweets. While composing tweets, you’ll also be able to tweet to multiple accounts, a feature that’s been absent before now. The entire timeline UI has been cleaned up a bit, too, and it just looks much cleaner than it did before. » Read the rest

9 top Twitter apps for Android [March 2014]

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For users of Twitter on Android, there are a number of options and each one a little different than the others. Many people automatically assume that the best Twitter app is the one made by Twitter itself, but that’s not always the case. For some people, it may be appropriate to get a third party app instead. Here is a list of some of the best Twitter apps available. Head on past the break to get started.

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Microsoft’s Xbox team tweets Xbox news – from an Android device

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Microsoft’s Xbox team did what everyone would expect them to; they tweeted some information about Xbox gaming events. Normal, right? Well, apparently they handled all that tweeting from an Android device, using the official Android Twitter app. Oops.

There’s nothing wrong with using Android to handle your Twitter account. In fact, most of us here would approve of that. But it is a little odd that a major division of Microsoft, who heavily promotes Windows Phone and publicly tries to embarrass Google’s services, uses Android devices over Windows devices.

Microsoft has done other quirky things like this, such as releasing their Bing rewards app for iPhone and Android devices before Windows Phone. It’s obvious that Windows Phone isn’t doing as well as Android or iOS, but the captain is supposed to go down with the ship, right?

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Twitter updates app with better photo editing, news feed features

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Twitter has issued an update to the official app today to make it a little easier for users to share and “tag” photos as well as find out what the latest news is. For photos, as a user is editing an image to get it ready for posting, the app will remind you to @ mention people and places related to the photo. Twitter says it is not easier to @ mention people when tweeting a photo. Other photo editing improvements include better photo cropping and image rotation features.

The latest news content feature is supposed to only surface when a user is caught up with the tweets from people they are following. If a user pulls down to refresh and there are no new tweets from those they follow, Twitter will serve up news stories based on what is currently trending and popular on Twitter at that time.

If you want to try the official Twitter app or need to grab the update, just use on of the download links below.

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Talon released in the Play Store, a Twitter app from the makers of Sliding Messaging

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Luke Klinker of Klinker Apps has released a brand new Twitter app in the Play Store — Talon for Twitter. The developer, who also created the popular Sliding Messaging app, designed Talon to take advantage of Android 4.4 KitKat’s design. Present in the app is the full screen layout that apps like Google Now use in Android 4.4; however, devices running Android 4.3 and lower can not take advantage of this.

Aside from the usual Twitter features, Talon has an interesting one called Talon Pull. It runs in your notification drawer and collects information regarding how many tweets, mentions, and interactions you have missed. If you are worried about this damaging your battery life, don’t. After a few hours of use, I can tell you that it does not seem to have any effect on battery life (and I’m using a Galaxy Nexus). In addition to collecting this information, it also has a popup button that displays your timeline from whatever app you are in.

The app is very clean and features light, dark, and black themes in addition to add-on themes being available. Twitter has a 100,000 user limit for third-party apps, so download it soon before it gets filled. Hit the break for a gallery and download links. » Read the rest

Carbon for Android falls victim to Twitter token limits

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The man behind the Carbon for Android Twitter client, M.Saleh Esmaeili, has announced the client has hit the wall in terms of Twitter API tokens. This was not an entirely unexpected move for Twitter which continues to limit access to its platform by developers of alternative clients. The news comes only days after new updates were released for the Carbon.

Esmaeili indicates in a post on his Google+ page that he is ready to move on from Carbon and has been working on some new paths to take. That does not mean he is abandoning Carbon entirely as he will keep working on some planned updates. He also indicates that he will not come up with a way to create custom API keys to get around Twitter like some other clients.

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Samsung teases something new on Twitter, could be the Galaxy Gear’s successor

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The biggest surprise Samsung gave us in 2013 was their Galaxy Gear smart watch. What does the tech giant have in store for 2014? Well, Samsung Mobile UK tweeted an image of the Galaxy Gear representing 2013 with 2014 having an empty slot. In the tweet, Samsung Mobile UK asks “What do you want Samsung to unveil in 2014?” If it is not a successor to the Galaxy Gear, then what is it? It could very well be the Galaxy Band fitness tracker we have been hearing about lately. And with the timing of the tweet, there is a remote chance that Samsung could unveil something next week in Las Vegas at CES. If they do take that route, be sure to check back here for our coverage of CES. » Read the rest