Talon for Twitter update: focus on Android Wear, Android Marshmallow

Not all of us have access to the upcoming new Android version, Marshmallow, but developers are already starting to update their respective apps and programs to make them compatible when it finally does roll out. One of those apps is Talon for Twitter, which only recently rolled out a “massive update” with version 3.0. But here they are again, with version 3.1, bringing more support for its Android Wear app and of course Marshmallow support (sounds like a great new dessert!).

140-character limit on Twitter DM is now officially gone

Last June, Twitter announced that they are removing the 140-character limit on Direct Messages as part of their continuing improvement to that private aspect of the micro-blogging network. Initially, this was supposed to have materialized last month, but for one reason or another, it never did push through. But now, they have officially announced that the character limit has indeed been removed so now you can have long conversations with your friends or even just people you met over Twitter.

Twitter adds four more Indic languages to web, Android app

In its quest to be even more expansive and inclusive, particularly for other cultures and languages, Twitter announced that they are adding support for four more Indic languages in their latest update. This brings supported Indian languages to a total of six, since Hindi and Bengali have been translated already for more than a year. In terms of major languages, Twitter currently supports 27 main ones, but also adds other languages for countries that have multiple, like in the case of India.

Twitter co-founder wants developers to come back 

It wasn’t too long ago when Twitter decided that app developers were having too much fun with their data and decided to limit and even restrict access to their API, leading some of these third-party apps to eventually close down or morph into something totally different. But now co-founder and board member Evan Williams believes it’s time to mend the breach and ask developers back into the fold now that they have finally figured out more or less what Twitter really is: a realtime news platform.

Project Lightning to make following events on Twitter easier

A super secret project that Twitter has been working on is about to be unveiled for public use soon. Called Project Lightning, it's all about helping curate the best content on the micro-blogging site to help users, and even non-users, follow and keep up to date with all tweets, posts, videos, pictures, that are relevant to an ongoing global event, cultural phenomenon or breaking news story. Since Twitter is probably the social media venue that best serves this kind of online conversation, it is a logical next move for them.

Twitter shakeups: 140 character limit in DM gone, CEO steps down

Have you ever had a really intense discussion with someone on Twitter through DM, but the flow keeps getting interrupted since you are still limited to 140 characters per message? Well, aside from moving your conversation elsewhere, you had no choice back then, but come July, you'll finally be able to send someone a really, really long private message on the micro-blogging network. Meanwhile, after much pressure from investors, Dick Costolo has stepped down as CEO.

Twitter now allows taking of landscape videos through app

Most of the various kinds of mobile video apps that we have today, like Vine, Instagram, Periscope, etc have one thing in common: they all want you to take videos the portrait way. But sometimes, having a square screen isn't all that great, especially when the video you're taking involves either a lot of people or beautiful scenery. Twitter now allows you to take landscape videos on its mobile apps, giving you options on what you'd like your video to look like, orientation-wise.

Live broadcast app Periscope now available on Android

Months after it initially launched, on the iOS app obviously, the live broadcast app Periscope has now finally arrived on Android. Unlike their comeptitor Meerkat, which came to this platform stage by stage from testing to beta to full, they have released the fully functional (hopefully) version their first time around. Through the app, you can watch and record live broadcasts that you can share with the world or you can share only to those that you want to see your recorded event.

Google adds Tweets on mobile app search results

Google once again is bringing more relevant information to search results by adding Tweets to Google Search on mobile devices. Some people already search for terms on Twitter but with this development, real time tweets and content from Twitter can now be seen on actual search engine results right on your Google app or mobile web browser.

Meerkat is now officially out of beta for Android

We still haven't heard a peep from Twitter's Periscope since they said they're working on it (that was last month), but its arch rival Meerkat is several steps ahead of them in the Android market. Just a few hours ago, they announced that the live video streaming app is finally out of beta and is officially live on the Google Play Store. The developers have been pretty fast in moving the app from the testing stage to beta and out of it in just a span of a few weeks.
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