Published On: Wed, Mar 6th, 2013

Twitter updates mobile app with improved search, video support changes

Twitter has updated its mobile app for both iOS and Android with a few improvements, as well as some subtractions. The company improved the app’s search results, where Twitterers will see more topic and user suggestions for search queries, which are based on what’s happening in real time. Twitter also removed support for several video sharing services on the mobile app.

Specifically, the video services getting the ax are Mobypicture, Vodpod, and Posterous, but Twitpic will remain, leaving it as the only video sharing service with Twitter support. As for other changes, users will also see suggestions pop up when adding a hashtag or username as they compose a new Tweet, a feature that Tweetbot users have been enjoying for a while. However, this feature is only available on the iOS version of the app for now.

Twitter updates mobile app with improved search, video support changes

Top Tweets are also getting more attention in search results, and even older Top Tweets will show up now. For example, Twitter says that if you search for “election,” the search results may highlight Tweets from several months ago. There’s a new conversational view that shows all of the replies associated to any tweet.

And as always, the update comes with a slew of bugfixes and general performance enhancements. Plus, there’s added support for traditional Chinese, which most likely won’t affect most users, but it’s always a good thing when services add support for more languages. Both the iOS and Android versions are available now for download.

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Bob is the author and creator of the Daily Technology Column in TechLone - Technology News, Views & Reviews, which has appeared since January, 2013.