Nov 03 AT 4:58 PM Taylor Wimberly 12 Comments

Twitter updates official Android app, adds Tweet details page

On the same day that Facebook decided to refresh their app, Twitter has also launched an update to their official Android client. Just like previous versions it needs Android 2.1 and up, but anyone that meets those requirements can grab it for free right now from the Android Market.

The big improvements to this version are mainly speed and polish. Twitter updated the Android app to match what is already available in the iOS and Windows versions, including a details page for each Tweet. Those people who like to retweet will also enjoy the new quote option that allows you to add your own comments.

After you have a chance to play with the new update, let us know what you think. Are there any other features that the official Twitter client is still missing?

New features of Twitter for Android version 1.0.5 include:

  • Tweet details page. We changed the layout of the timeline and introduced a Tweet details page, which you can access by simply clicking on a Tweet. This feature — which is already available in Twitter for iPhone, Twitter for iPad and Twitter for Windows Phone — makes it easier to click on links and reply to, retweet, or favorite a Tweet.
  • Speed. The app is now even faster. In this version, we’ve tried a new way of drawing a timeline of Tweets that optimizes for scrolling speed. Try it out, and you’ll see how much faster and smoother the timeline loads and scrolls.
  • Polish. We added some more nice touches to the application as well:
    • Pull to Refresh: This popular feature, which was first available through our iPhone app, functions just as it sounds — when you’re at the top of your timeline, simply pull down to load new Tweets.
    • Swipe to Reveal: Swipe across a Tweet to get quick access to several options, such as viewing a user’s profile, sharing a tweet, or replying.
    • Quote a Tweet: Clicking the retweet icon now gives you the option to quote a Tweet. Of course, you can still retweet as you normally would.

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  • http://Website Andy Couch

    Other apps allow you to jump back to the top of your timeline by tapping the top bar. I miss that in the official app. Add that and multi-account support and you’d have a great client.

    Even without these features, 1.0.5 is huge improvement.

  • http://Website SH

    Overall a nice update but you shouldn’t have to click into a tweet to click the URL.

  • themetatron

    Remember position in timeline. That’s why I stick with twicca.

  • http://Website Gee

    The serif font in the tweet details page looks off and the design of the buttons look horrific.

    Otherwise it looks like a decent update.

  • http://Website Bill

    Wasn’t this client supposed to be open sourced? I sure can’t find the code…


  • jdellachiesa

    Decent update, but still no app2sd.

  • http://Website anakin78z

    Nice and fast, but who thought it would be a good idea to hide the tweet you want to act on? The old pop-up actions made way more sense. Doesn’t look as nice, either.
    Overall not a big fan.

  • http://Website Dave

    I wish it supported #hashtags like the official iPhone Twitter client does. Also, when using the Twitter app to share an article from the browser or an RSS reader, the Official Twitter client only pulls the link while other clients pull the link as well as the article’s headline. It is simple to add code to make the Official Twitter client pull the link and headline.

    These two things would make the app 100% better.

  • http://Website DaveC

    I can’t believe they didn’t include the “remember place in timeline” feature. Even if I like everything else about it (and I don’t), that would be a deal killer. I’ll stick with Tweetcaster because I love the UI even if the program has some warts of its own.

  • http://Website deeb215

    Nice update, but it’s now the biggest app on my phone at a whopping 113MB(bigger than any game I have and Adobe add-ons). Low memory alert popped up soon as it installed. Apps to sd would be great!

  • Best Android Apps

    I agree, it’s too big of a file now.

  • http://Website Steffen

    Maybe I’m blind, but has anyone found a setting to turn off the new sounds in the app?