Twitter updates iPhone, Android apps

Social networking company upgrades search, notifications and Discover features

Twitter released updated iPhone and Android apps Thursday that make it easier for users to search and find new information.

With a growing number of people tweeting and checking tweets on the train, at the local coffee shop and even in the movie theater, mobile apps are increasingly important to Twitter. And the company took note of that with today's updated apps.

People accustomed to using the Discover tab on Twitter.com will now find it on their mobile app. Like the Web version, the tab will help users find out what tweets their followers have retweeted or made into favorites, according to Sung Hu Kim, a Twitter product manager, in a blog post.

Want to know who your followers are following or adding to lists? The Discover tab will tell you that, too.

Twitter also said it has improved its search function. The app update is designed to enable users to see suggestions for different spellings, as well as related terms for their queries.

Trying to find a person you follow? The Connect tab is set up to auto-complete the entry as the user types in first and last names, Kim noted.

"We've also made a few improvements specifically for iPhone: when you tap the search box in Discover, you'll see your most recent queries," Kim wrote. "You can also go directly to someone's profile when searching for a username in Connect."

Twitter also added push notifications for interactions, so users should be alerted when their tweets are retweeted or favorited, as well as when someone new follows their account. And if a user doesn't need to be notified of every retweet or follow, they can adjust their level of connection.

The updated app for the iPhone can be downloaded from the App Store, and the Android app can be found at Google Play.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, on Google+ or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed . Her email address is sgaudin@computerworld.com.

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