Appolicious: Twitter Glams Up Its Android App

By Erin Harrison July 25, 2011

Fergalicious…Booty-licious…Appolicious. These are the adjectives that describe the deliciousness of Fergie from the Black Eyed Peas, Beyonce’s famed expression, and the latter being… the glamour factor of certain applications.

As we all know, in some cases, third-party applications are prettier than official apps – but Twitter has decided to dress-up its Android application, and has officially been declared relevant again.

For example, an Android Apps report by Caitlin M. Foyt said that users can now receive push notifications from the application, which means it won’t suck your battery dry as quickly.

“This way, you can receive Twitter updates even if you’re not in the app. This is much better than the pull updates users had previously, since pulling data does seems to drain the battery much more quickly,” wrote Foyt.

Twitter app users can also how choose how they are informed as you can receive direct messages, mentions or just tweets from followers. The Twitter for Android App still allows users to tweet, send messages, share photos and links with friends and the world, of course.

“The app never really ran poorly,” Foyt pointed out, “but the developers have tightened the screws and made a few bug fixes.”

According to the Android Apps report, Tweets seem to load more quickly, and the app has less difficulty jumping between tabs than before.

In related news, Twitter’s registered apps have grown from an impressive 150,000 to an astounding 1 million, as reported by

The third-party apps, according to Twitter’s blog post, are used primarily for the sharing of tweets and other information on Twitter in alternative ways that the company doesn’t offer through its site or within actual apps that are made for tablet and smartphone devices, reported TechZone360’s Tammy Wolf.

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Erin Harrison is Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives, for TMC, where she oversees the company's strategic editorial initiatives, including the launch of several new print and online initiatives. She plays an active role in the print publications and TechZone360, covering IP communications, information technology and other related topics. To read more of Erin's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jamie Epstein

Executive Editor, Strategic Initiatives

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