Twitter Tweaks Two-Factor Security on Mobile Apps
Twitter today announced new versions of its mobile application for the Android and iOS platforms. The most significant change to the app pertains to the two-factor security login option, which can now be used directly in the app without requiring the use of text messages. The app now uses push messaging and in-application approvals to verify logins, and can support verification for multiple accounts on a single device. The security features are now available in more countries and include online backups. In addition to the security improvements, Twitter for Android and iOS includes more social context in search queries and a new photo gallery for search results. Twitter for Android and iOS can be downloaded for free from their respective app stores.
Google Simplifies 2-Step Verification
Google has made it easier for people to setup and use two-step verification to protect their accounts. Google already allowed users to tap a Security Key or enter a verification code sent to their phone.
Twitter Integrates SoundCloud for In-App Audio
Twitter today announced a new feature that will allow users of its Android and iOS apps to listen to music/sound clips directly from their timeline. According to Twitter, the new Twitter Audio Card can be docked and allow users to listen to the songs or clips even as they continue to browse through their timeline.
Twitter Wants You to Dress Up Images with Stickers
Twitter today said it is bringing stickers to its Android and iOS mobile apps. Twitter users can browse through Twitter's library of hundreds of accessory, emoji, and prop stickers to "make your photos more fun." Twitter says people can use multiple stickers on a single photo, as well as resize and rotate the stickers to better fit the image.
Twitter Discovers New Way to Spot Trends
Twitter has canned the Discover and Activity tabs in its mobile applications in favor of a new way to sift through trending content. Moving forward, when people use the search bar they'll also see trending stories as well as descriptions of those stories.
Twitter More Prominently Suggesting Who to Follow
Twitter has tweaked its Android and iOS mobile apps by adding "who to follow" suggestions directly to users' timelines. Twitter says it relies on a number of factors to determine the suggested accounts, including users' email and phone contacts, as well as what types of accounts they already follow.