INQ Mobile Preparing a Twitter Phone
INQ Mobile's chief executive confirmed to Reuters that the company is working to develop a new phone that targets users of the Twitter micro-blogging service. The phone would be pushed as a mass market device and will cost operators less than $140. Frank Meehan, chief executive of INQ, said that the phone would include an Internet-based Twitter client, but he didn't provide any more details about the phone. INQ already makes a handset known as the "Facebook phone" due to its integration with Facebook's services. The new Twitter phone should be available by the holiday shopping season, according to Meehan.
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.
Twitter to Post Larger Images In Timelines
Twitter today said it is improving the multimedia experience of Twitter.com by changing how it handles images. Moving forward, Twitter will now show full image previews, rather than crop them.
Twitter Adds Landscape Support to iPhone 6 Plus
Twitter updated its iOS application today and the chief new feature is landscape support for the iPhone 6 Plus. Owners of Apple's larger iPhone will now be able to use the app when holding their phone in either portrait or landscape orientation.
Twitter Loses Its CEO, Drops Character Limit In DMs
Twitter today said CEO Dick Costolo plans to step down effective July 1. No reason was given for Costolo's departure.
Photos, Videos No Longer Count Toward Twitter Character Limit
Twitter today made good on a promise it made four months ago: moving forward, photos, videos, quoted tweets, and polls will not count towards the 140-character limit in tweets. This means people can now respond to others on Twitter as well as include photos or GIFs and still have 140 characters to write what they want.