News by Andrew Kameka on Wednesday February 06, 2013.
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Twitter's Android and iPhone apps have had plenty of third-party competition, but the company has updated the official clients for both platforms to improve the experience of finding new people and trends worth following, as well as discovering tweets in an easier fashion. The latest versions of Twitter for Android and Twitter for iOS have changed the Discover tab to show all content in a single stream. Rather than separate Activity (favorites, follows), Tweets, Trends, and Suggested Accounts, all of that information appears in one flow.
Search follows a similar path of integrating all content into one stream. Tweets, people, and photos will all appear in one place when a search is performed, and Twitter will "surface the most relevant mix" of those options. The iPhone app has followed the Android design and added a search button next to the Compose Tweets button in the top right. Rounding out the theme of merging content, the Connect tab now shows retweets, mentions, and follower announcements in one stream by default. Users can disable the auto-Interactions view and see only mentions by adjusting settings.
Twitter also finally made URL's available through one tap. Rather than tap a tweet and then tap again to access a link, users can touch the link directly and be taken to the website.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.