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Twitter for Android gets around to adding new video controls, tweet client indicators

Wednesday, December 5th, 2018

The official Android Twitter client seems to be taking inspiration from other apps with a batch of new features appearing for some users. Like many third-party apps, it's now showing which client tweets originated from, and there are YouTube-style video playback controls that skip forward or back a few seconds with a tap on the right or left side of the screen.

 
Left: No indicator. Right: Not no indicator.

Again, not everybody is currently seeing the new features, so they're either tests or staged rollouts.

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Twitter for Android gets around to adding new video controls, tweet client indicators was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter CEO says tweet editing is achievable, but the company ‘can’t just rush it out’

Monday, November 12th, 2018

It seems Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been feeling the pressure to launch a tweet editing feature on Twitter more than usual lately — even Kim Kardashian is using her sway to gain some in-person petitioning time. At a recent press event in New Delhi, he finally broke his silence on the feature, talking about some of the considerations Twitter needs to take into account, and stating: "We have been considering this for a while and we have to do [it] in the right way.

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Twitter CEO says tweet editing is achievable, but the company 'can't just rush it out' was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Byte is the new video looping app from the founder of Vine

Friday, November 9th, 2018

As you may remember, Vine was a simple app with short looping videos. It gained immense popularity and was acquired by Twitter in 2013 but was unceremoniously discontinued late in 2016 amid strong competition from Snapchat and Instagram. If you're still mourning its loss, you'll be pleased to hear that the Vine founder is making another app.

Byte is the name of this new video app, and it'll be launching to the public in Spring 2019.

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Byte is the new video looping app from the founder of Vine was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter now lets you specify the type of spam you’re reporting

Wednesday, October 31st, 2018

Crappy posts are part and parcel with any social network, and Twitter has more than its fair share of spam, scams, and bald-faced lies. The platform has always allowed users to report spammy posts, but now, the functionality is getting more granular, letting you specify the particular type of spam you're flagging.

When reporting a tweet as "suspicious or spam," you can now choose between five different reasons for doing so: the account that tweeted the message is fake; the tweet directs to "a potentially harmful, malicious, or phishing site;" it contains unrelated hashtags; or it uses replies to spam.

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Twitter now lets you specify the type of spam you're reporting was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter is testing a UI change for retweet and ‘more’ menus on tweets

Friday, October 19th, 2018

Twitter's pretty well known for silently testing major and minor tweaks to its app on a small audience, and one of our tipsters spotted such a change. It's small, but Twitter is experimenting with changing the floating window popup for additional actions into a bottom-up "sheet" menu.

 

Left: Old/current UI. Right: UI in testing.

It's not the most drastic change, but it would affect the menu which appears if you tap the little arrow on the corner of tweets, which includes things like copy link to Tweet, mute, block, and report.

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Twitter is testing a UI change for retweet and 'more' menus on tweets was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

???? All emoji on Twitter now count for only two characters

Friday, October 12th, 2018

In the biggest change the platform has seen since the switch to 280 characters, Twitter has changed the way it counts characters for emoji. Previously, some emoji — like those with additionally defined gender or skin tone — counted as more characters than others, due to the method of their encoding. But as of now, all emoji will be counted equally as two characters.

According to the Twitter Developers announcement post, this change is a result of recent updates to Unicode, which presumably allows for the affected emoji to be encoded more efficiently.

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???? All emoji on Twitter now count for only two characters was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018

They say you should always start with a joke, and boy did Twitter have a real knee-slapper at the beginning of its latest blog post: "The Twitter Rules apply to everyone who uses Twitter." Haha. With the joke out of the way, Twitter explains that it has developed a new comprehensive policy on dehumanizing speech. It's also asking for feedback from all of us on the new policy.

Here's the new policy, as well as what Twitter considers to be "dehumanizing."

Twitter’s Dehumanization Policy

You may not dehumanize anyone based on membership in an identifiable group, as this speech can lead to offline harm.

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Twitter unveils new policy on dehumanizing speech, seeks feedback from users was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter API bug potentially allowed developers to read DMs and private accounts

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018

Earlier today, Twitter sent a message to a large number of users informing them about an API bug. According to the company, it identified a bug on September 10 that potentially allowed direct messages and protected accounts to be read by "Twitter developers who were not authorized to receive them."

Twitter went into more detail about the bug on its Developer Blog, explaining that it could have allowed data to be sent to the wrong developer's webhook URL (the mechanism that some Twitter applications use to retrieve data).

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Twitter API bug potentially allowed developers to read DMs and private accounts was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Some of Twitter’s most annoying ‘features’ can now be turned off

Wednesday, September 19th, 2018

Once upon a time, the Twitter timeline only showed posts from the people you follow. Then it started displaying tweets your friends liked, and recommendations for people to follow, and a 'What you missed' section, and tweets your friends replied to, and so on. This has led me to use Mastodon more and more, since there are no algorithms or recommendations on that platform, but most of the people I know are still on Twitter.

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Some of Twitter's most annoying 'features' can now be turned off was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter brings back purely chronological timeline — your turn, Facebook and Instagram

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

Twitter's latest feature tweak offers a return to what many consider better days: the era of the chronological timeline (or, to be precise, the reverse chronological timeline). Now, users can escape the algorithm that dictates what the "best tweets" for them are, and simply see the latest ones. Will it solve all the ills of Twitter, substantially reduce trolling, and make for an entirely changed platform? No, probably none of those things — but it's incredibly nice to have a social media platform take into account what its users have been asking for, and actually deliver it.

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Twitter brings back purely chronological timeline — your turn, Facebook and Instagram was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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