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Twitter debuts livestream feature for breaking news

Friday, February 16th, 2018

Twitter users in the United States may have noticed something new yesterday: next to the timeline, a small window displayed a livestream of Miami news station WSVN 7's coverage of the active shooter situation then unfolding at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. The stream was the debut of a Twitter initiative to show live coverage of breaking news events.

Users who clicked on the livestream landed in a feed of tweets algorithmically determined to be related to the news.

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Twitter debuts livestream feature for breaking news was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

[MIUwhy] Xiaomi deletes Twitter poll after its own MIUI loses to Android One

Sunday, February 11th, 2018

Xiaomi devices consistently offer great hardware at low prices, but the company's MIUI skin isn't everyone's favorite. So when the Android One-powered Mi A1 debuted, it was met with heaps of praise. A couple of days ago, Xiaomi ran a poll on Twitter asking its followers whether they preferred MIUI or Android One.

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[MIUwhy] Xiaomi deletes Twitter poll after its own MIUI loses to Android One was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter made money for the first time ever last quarter

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Twitter was founded in March 2006—almost 12 years ago. In all that time, it never made a penny in profit until just last quarter. Twitter's Q4 2017 results show the company made $91 million. That's up from a $21.1 million loss in the previous quarter.

Turning a profit is obviously a big deal for Twitter, but it's not only the profit that matters. The company has also seen a year-over-year revenue increase for the past four quarters.

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Twitter made money for the first time ever last quarter was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter made money for the first time ever last quarter

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Twitter was founded in March 2006—almost 12 years ago. In all that time, it never made a penny in profit until just last quarter. Twitter's Q4 2017 results show the company made $91 million. That's up from a $21.1 million loss in the previous quarter.

Turning a profit is obviously a big deal for Twitter, but it's not only the profit that matters. The company has also seen a year-over-year revenue increase for the past four quarters.

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Twitter made money for the first time ever last quarter was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter is using neural networks to improve photo cropping

Thursday, January 25th, 2018

Twitter doesn't show full photos when they appear in the stream—you need to tap to expand the whole image. Unfortunately, the cropped version of the photo is often framed awkwardly because it's just the middle section of the image. Twitter is solving that problem with a neural network that can understand the composition of your images.

The neural network is looking for so-called “salient” image regions. Scientists have studied what people consider salient in images for years using eye-tracking technology.

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Twitter is using neural networks to improve photo cropping was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter quietly added Notification Channel support to its Android app

Monday, January 22nd, 2018

One of the new features in Android 8.0 Oreo was Notification Channels. This gives users the ability to toggle categories of app notifications from the Android settings. WhatsApp was the latest high-profile app to add support for the feature, and now it appears Twitter is joining the club.

To be clear, we aren't sure when Twitter added Notification Channels, because there was no announcement or changelog update. We tested different versions of the app, all the way back to v7.15.0 from September of last year, and all of those updates included Notification Channels.

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Twitter quietly added Notification Channel support to its Android app was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter trying new share button on Android in server-side test

Friday, January 19th, 2018

Twitter is no stranger to server-side tests, and now the company appears to have another in the wings. AP's own Artem noticed a bit of a tweak in Twitter for Android in recent days, with a new three-dot share button appearing at the bottom of tweets. All the sharing options previously present in the arrow menu to a tweet's top right have been relocated to this button, and the previous "send privately" option is now gone. 

Current layout (left), new layout including Share button (right)

Artem notes that he was running a recent beta when he noticed the new icon, and though I tried installing the last few beta versions to trigger it, the change appears to be server-side.

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Twitter trying new share button on Android in server-side test was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter can finally do two-factor authentication without SMS

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

In this age of data breaches and keylogging malware, passwords might not be enough to secure your accounts. That's where two-factor authentication (2FA) comes into play. These single-use codes can keep your data safe, but not all services support 2FA in the standard way. Case in point, Twitter sends a text message for 2FA codes even after you set up an authentication app. So annoying, but you can finally turn SMS off.

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Twitter can finally do two-factor authentication without SMS was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Twitter threads are now official, and they’re rolling out in the coming weeks

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Lately, Twitter seems to have been trying to give people the ability to tweet more at once. Several weeks after it increased the character limit from 140 to 280, Twitter has made 'tweetstorm' threading official. However, you might have to wait a few weeks for the feature to roll out to you.

According to Twitter's blog post, hundreds of thousands of threads are being tweeted out every day.

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Twitter threads are now official, and they're rolling out in the coming weeks was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Head of Google Lens engineering teases upcoming features for the platform

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Google Lens is one of the more incredible examples of machine learning in action. It's one thing to take a picture, but it's entirely another when you can use it as a means of learning more about the world around you. If you haven't used it, you'll just have to trust us - or read some of of our previous coverage - when we say that it's highly nifty. And Google plans on making it even more useful in the future, with improvements for shopping, nature, new AR experiences, and a new OCR model for text recognition.

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Head of Google Lens engineering teases upcoming features for the platform was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

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