14/07/11

Twitter updates Android app with push notification, account switching




If you’re a heavy Twitter user (have you heard of Google+?), today’s your lucky day. The company just pushed a new version of its Android app to the Market, and it brings two new features that Twitter addicts will love. Those features are push notifications and account switching.



Push notifications work just like you’d think they would. Set the app’s settings to “automatic refresh” and Twitter will automatically notify you of every Direct Message, @Mention (from the people you follow or anyone) or Tweet that heads your way. Compare this to how notifications worked before, where the Twitter app had to refresh at intervals. We don’t know why it took Twitter this long to implement this or if they used Android’s C2DM API, but maybe one of our readers has the answer to those questions.
The second feature is account switching. If you have more than one Twitter account, this is a godsend. Basically, you’ll be able to easily switch between any Twitter account that you have. So there will be no more of that signing out and signing in nonsense from the past.
Twitter also updated the appearance of the app’s home screen widgets and added a bunch of other improvements and bug fixes.

The app is already available on the Market, so check your phone for an update. After that, come back and let us know how you like it.

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