Posted 10/09/2013 at 9:23 AM
Posted 3 years ago
Twitter launched an update of its Windows Phone app yesterday, giving users a host of new features to enjoy.
The social network outlined the new features in an official blog post, and it’s clear that this is one of the more extensive updates that the app has received to date. Included amongst the instantly noticeable features is the ability to make photos and tweets the background for your lock screen, more languages, notifications, and quicker search and discovery.
In relation to the last of these features, Twitter says that the improvements will make it easier for users to find “more relevant information,” with search results now showing accounts, photos and videos and tweets. According to the micro-blogging service, this will help users “find what is most interesting to you. Discover will also show recommended accounts to follow, trending topics, and activity happening in your network.”
Another of the new features is actually an old tweak revisited, with users able to switch to “dark” mode to suit their particular mood or to make the app more visible in poor light. Windows Phone Twitter users that have had the app since the beginning will note that this feature was available on the early versions before being removed in February’s update.
While all of these new features are good, the thing that has really got Windows Phone users and tech blogs excited is a sighting of Vine in the screenshots of the Twitter blog post. This was spotted by the eagle-eyed guys at The Next Web and clearly shows Vine installed on a Windows Phone.
Twitter originally confirmed back in July that Vine would be coming to Windows Phone after its release on iOS and Android – a screenshot of the app installed on a WP device would indicate that it could be released soon. However, TNW notes that the image has since been pulled, which is rather confusing given that we all know Vine is arriving on the platform at some point.
Maybe Twitter are looking to give Vine a big standalone launch; or maybe it’s release is not yet on the horizon? Your guess is as good as mine on this one.
Vine aside though, all you Windows Phone users have a great new Twitter app to enjoy, which you can download now from the Windows Phone Store.