12.5 C
New York
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Home News Twitter extends its new timeline feature to Android users

Twitter extends its new timeline feature to Android users

Twitter has launched a new feature for Android that gives users more control of their timeline by letting them quickly switch between an algorithm-generated timeline and one that shows the most recent tweets first.

The same feature launched for iPhone in December 2018.

It’s super-simple to use, though first make sure you have the latest version of Twitter loaded on your phone. After that, a new “sparkle” button will appear at the top right of the display.

Tapping on it brings up a card at the bottom of the screen that lets you jump between the default “Home” setting, which shows the algorithm-generated “top tweets,” to the “latest tweets” posted by people that you follow.

If you leave Twitter in the latest-tweets setting but don’t go back to the app for a while, it’ll automatically switch you back to the Home setting for top tweets when you return. In that case, a short message will appear on the display telling you that you’ve been returned to the Home setting.

Twitter announced the new Android feature in a tweet on Tuesday.

Android, we got you. Starting today, tap to switch between latest and top Tweets. pic.twitter.com/7rXo3BNEJ6

— Twitter (@Twitter) January 15, 2019

Twitter had a go at ditching the latest-tweets timeline — also known as the reverse-chronological timeline — in 2016, replacing it with one that surfaced “in case you missed it” posts and top tweets. But the new timeline left some users confused, prompting many to call for the return of the more simple and straightforward latest-tweets style.

Last year the company responded by testing ways to offer both types of timeline, eventually coming up with the sparkle button which it hopes will satisfy the majority of its users.

“We’ve learned that when showing the best tweets first, people find Twitter more relevant and useful. However, we’ve heard feedback from people who at times prefer to see the most recent tweets,” the San Francisco-based company said last summer while testing the feature.

The Twitter community will surely be delighted that the company appears to be taking note of feedback when it comes to the usability of the app. Now we’re wondering if it’ll get around to launching a much-called-for edit button …

Editors’ Recommendations

  • Twitter makes it easier than ever to switch between latest and top tweets
  • Twitter tests home screen button that offers more control of your timeline
  • Instagram now lets you post to multiple accounts in one tap
  • Pinterest brings followed content front and center with full-width Pin format
  • G’day, Google: U.S. users can now give Assistant a British or Australian accent





Latest

This endoscopic Android camera sees into hard-to-reach places

Ever find yourself trying to figure out what’s clogging your kitchen drain? Or, perhaps you’re working on something under the car hood and can’t seem to see the problem. If only you could look down inside somehow.If you check out the AndroidGuys Deals Store you’ll the Sinji Borescope, 2-meter camera on a cable that does just that. With six adjustable LED lights, a magnet, and a hook, this waterproof unit goes where you cannot and does things you can’t either.Outside of using this camera for engines or sinks, you can use the device to check under your car seat, in your gutter, under or behind appliances, and other hard-to-reach places.FeaturesFlexible 2-meter cable will slip past any obstacle6 adjustable LEDs provide a picture-perfect view on your phoneIncluded hook & magnet for quick, easy retrieval of hard-to-reach itemsø8mm nifty camera lens w/ 70˚ viewing angle for wider rangeIP67 waterproof perfect for any situationConnects to phone via Wi-FiBuy it NowThe Sinji Borescope carries a typical retail price of $38.79, but we’re offering it to our readers for $29.95, or 22% off the original price. Get this hard-to-reach camera before it eludes your grasp.If you’re looking for something longer, there’s also a five-meter ($32.95) and ten-meter ($39.95) option available.Best SellersEarn Credits!For every $25 you spend in the AG Deals Store you get $1 credit added to your account. And, if you refer the deal via social media or an email that results in a purchase, you’ll earn $10 credit in your account.First Time Buying?If this is your first time buying, you are also eligible for 10% discount! Just be sure to subscribe for email updates.Free StuffNot looking to spend any money today? No worries. You can still visit the AndroidGuys section for freebies and pick something anyhow.

T-Mobile joins Google in expanding RCS to work with other carriers

Rich Communications Service(RCS), is a messaging protocol for Android users that enables read receipts, typing notifications, the ability to share higher-resolution photos and videos and more.T-Mobile introduced this back in 2015, calling it Advanced Messaging. Many other carriers have moved to do so as well, but the issue arises in carriers having RCS protocols that don’t play well with each other. Carriers moved to resolve this in October of 2019, forming the Cross-Carrier Messaging Initiative(CCMI) to standardize RCS.Now, the Un-carrier has made a first step in moving towards a universal standar. T-Mobile Android users can now use RCS features with Android users on other carriers through Google Messages, given their phones support RCS Universal Profile 1.0. If you are speaking to other T-Mobile customers, though, there is no need to get an additional app as you can use all RCS features in your phone’s native messaging app.For more information, you can read T-Mobile’s press release here.

Visible offers free Nimble Charging Bundle with new Samsung or Google Device

Visible is a subsidiary of Verizon that offers unlimited talk, text, and 4G LTE data on Verizon’s network for just $40 a month. The reason service is so cheap as opposed to a plan from Verizon proper is two-fold. One, data speeds are capped, with between 5-12 Megabytes per second download speed and 2-5 Megabytes per second upload speed. Two, Visible is fully online and has no physical stores or call centers. From purchase to phone activation to paying your bill, everything is handled in their app.Recently, Visible introduced Party Pay, in which users can sign up together and all receive individual bills at discounted rates.Now, users who purchase a new Samsung or Google Pixel device will receive a free Nimble Charging Bundle until June 30th.The bundle consists of a 13,000 mAh(13,000 mAh will charge a single device about four times) portable charger with USB-C Power Delivery 3.0, 4 ports and made with recycled aluminum, a wireless stand with an extra charging port made with recycled plastic and help, and access to Nimble’s One-for-One Tech Recovery Project to allow users to recycle e-waste.Eligible phones are the Google Pixel 4, 4XL, 3, 3XL, as well the Samsung Galaxy S20, S20+, S20 Ultra,  and S10e. When you purchase and activate one of these devices, you will receive a promo code for the bundle, worth $150, at Nimble’s website.You can read more about the promo here.

Apple Releases macOS Catalina 10.15.5 With Battery Health Management Features, Fix for Finder Freezing

Apple today released macOS Catalina 10.15.5, the fifth update to the ‌macOS Catalina‌ operating system that was released in October