Twitter today announced an update to their official Twitter app for iPhone. Version 5.5 now incorporates launching of third-party applications from within the Twitter app. For example, if someone tweets an Instagram photo, you can now view that within the Instagram application if you have it installed on your iPhone. There are also improvements to the performance, with Twitter developers promising the app will offer faster launch times and general upgrades throughout.
No update would be complete without the proverbial bug fix and the changelog notes two:
- Fix for reply-to-self in conversations
- Fix for bug that prevented undoing retweets in some cases
What’s interesting about this update is not only the interaction with apps that you have installed, but it also encourages users to download the related app for free. This should make for an overall better experience, at least for the most part. When you jump into the other application, you lose a bit of the continuity of the Twitter experience. To get back to Twitter, you need to double-tap the home button, to bring up the multi-tasking bar allowing you to move back into Twitter. This seems to be a well intentioned move by the developers, if not a bit surprising given the app jettisons you from Twitter. If applications such as Instagram offered reciprocity, that would be a whole new ballgame. App to app experiences with interoperability doesn’t sound so bad.
In addition to improvements to the iPhone app, they also announced similar features to their Android application in addition to a major update to the design. Both apps and the mobile site all include expanded tweets for photo galleries, apps and product listings.
While we’ve seen them make some questionable decisions in the past, the recent updates have resulted in a much improved and more refined experience. If you haven’t already, it’s worth downloading and checking out the latest Twitter app for iPhone.