July 10, 2012 at 5:32 PM ET
New versions of the Twitter app are available for iPhone and Android phones, with the short-messaging blog noting that they offer "several updates to bring you closer to everything you care about."
That includes expanded tweets, something that Twitter began offering on its desktop version last month.
"Since we introduced expanded Tweets on twitter.com, we’ve added several new partners like MLB and C-SPAN to a diverse and growing list of media sources," Sung Hu Kim, Twitter's product manager for mobile, wrote on the company's blog.
Now, using Twitter apps for iPhone and Android, when you tap on a tweet linking to a Kickstarter project, he wrote, you can "play its video directly from the Tweet details view in your app." You can also read article summaries when you tap tweets linked to sources like magazines, or view images and video when you expand tweets linked to sites like Etsy and Vimeo.
Twitter also says it has made "major improvements in search autocomplete so that you will see more suggestions when you search for people. As before, you can search for real names or @usernames before you complete your query."
There is also support for push notification for tweets for those folks you follow whenever they send a new tweet or retweet. All you have to do is turn on push notification for that person using the "action button" on their profile; you edit all notifications in your account settings on your phone.
Another added feature, this one for iPhone users but not Android, is being able to find the "best tweets and photos for events experiences like twitter.com/#NASCAR on your iPhone. Now, Twitter for iPhone complements any live event, whether you’re watching from home or from the stands."