With the arrival of version 3.2.1 late yesterday, Twitter’s mobile app for iOS (s aapl) devices brings push notifications, among other fixes and improvements. Push is a long-awaited update sure to excite tweeters everywhere. Previously, you had to utilize another app such as Boxcar (which we named one of our best apps of 2009) to obtain real-time updates on Twitter happenings.
“When you’re out and about, your phone probably isn’t always in front of you […] We want to make sure you see important tweets even when you’re not looking at Twitter at the moment,” states Twitter’s blog. Anytime that someone is talking to you or about you on Twitter, you’ll immediately see the notification, and be able to launch the app right from the dialog box that appears.
Additionally, thanks to the update, users can take advantage of improved display of shortened URLs, additional Retina graphic updates, and the option to enable geotagging. Also, iPad users won’t want to miss the update’s improvements for their tablet device. Inline media display, management of saved searches, and improvements to the user interface combine to give you yet another reason to leave your poor outdated laptop on the shelf.
On a side note, several users have reported that there were actually two separate updates to the app that occurred yesterday. Perhaps Twitter caught a bug or two early and resolved those issues, thanks to a little preferential App Store treatment that Apple affords to the most popular services.
The updated Twitter App is available for free download from the App Store.
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