The Twitter for Android application gets easier sign up and universal search capabilities after usage doubles in the last two months.
Twitter for Android, available in Google's Android Market
for Android 2.1 and later devices, received another redesign as the application
has rocketed in use of late.
Aiming to make Twitter for Android more consistent with
the experience of other Twitter apps, the microblog service has refreshed the
app in the name of convenience and efficiency.
To lower the barrier to entry to the app, users can now view
Twitter trends, browse tweets and see suggested users in Twitter for
Android even if they haven't signed in or don't have an account.
Users who don't have an account can now sign up for
Twitter from within the app, immediately seeing their timeline, along with
icons for @mentions, messages, and lists. The @mentions tab now includes
Retweets, and Twitter has added auto-complete for usernames.
Twitter also added universal search to the new Twitter
for Android, surfacing find tweets that include the term users are searching, tweets
sent by people near their location, or people whose user names include that
Also, at the bottom of the search section, Twitter now
lets users search their address book to find friends who also have a Twitter
account, provide those users have opted to make themselves searchable.
New users will be able to provision this capability when
they first sign up to use the app.
The new features come as Twitter for Android has hit the
big time for the platform. Launched last April, Twitter for Android wasn't
among the top 10 most used Twitter apps six months ago.
Then came a redesign in November, where the company added
a speedier-scrolling timeline and a new tweet details page, among other
Whether it was that redesign or a proliferation of Motorola Droid or Samsung Galaxy S
Android handset sales for the holiday season, Twitter for Android usage has doubled in
the last two months.
The app is now among the top five most popular Twitter
apps, joining twitter.com, the m.twitter.com mobile Website, Twitter for iPhone
and Twitter for Blackberry.
Despite the upgrades, some more discerning users are looking for
more. ReadWriteWeb, for example, wants to see push notifications and
multiple account log-in.