Twitter update enhances DM feature with image support and prominent positioning

twitter said weighing whether put autoplay videos timelines update v6

Twitter rolled out a pretty major update to its microblogging app Tuesday, with both the iOS and Android versions getting the makeover.

One change that’ll stand out for many is the fact that you can now send images in direct messages (DMs), as opposed to just text. Its appearance on the redesigned tab bar will also make it easier to access DMs, so, as Twitter’s Jeremy Gordon wrote in a blog post detailing the update, “they’re just one tap away from wherever you are on Twitter.”

More about that new-look tab bar – it now shows with links for Timelines, Notifications, Messages, and Me.

The update brings with it the ability to swipe between your various timelines, which serves to streamline the app’s functionality. Before it would’ve taken a couple of taps to get to your Discover and Activity timelines, but now it’s just a simple case of swiping to the left for access.

Other changes include, for iOS users, new in-app notifications that let you know when other users send you a DM or favorite, retweet, or reply to your tweets. On Twitter for Android, you can enable mobile notifications for specific users by tapping the star on their profile.

Twitter’s move to put its direct message feature front and center with this update indicates the microblogging service is taking a deeper interest in the private-messaging space currently successfully occupied by the likes of WhatsApp, Kik, and fast-growing Snapchat. It’s an area apparently of growing interest to other social media services, too, with Instagram rumored to be announcing a private messaging feature on Thursday.

Twitter’s update varies slightly depending on the platform – below you’ll find the changelogs for both iOS and Android.

iOS (iTunes store):

– Refreshed look and feel. Home, Activity and Discover now available by swiping in Timelines. Easier access to DMs.

 – Share photos in Direct Messages – send and receive photos via DMs.

 – Notifications from your network – choose to view replies, retweets, and favorites from only the people that you follow.

– Search got even easier – access tweets from people you follow and near you, directly from search results.

 – Safari Reading List support – save web articles to read later with Safari Reading List.

Android (Google Play):

– New design.

– Refreshed look and feel. Home, Activity and Discover now available by swiping in Timelines. Easier access to DMs.

– Share photos in Direct Messages.

– Send and receive photos via DMs.

– Notifications from your network.

– Choose to view Replies, Retweets, and Favorites from only the people that you follow.

– Receive Push Notifications from the people you care about most.

– Favorite their profile to receive a Push Notification any time they tweet.

Product Review

Arlo’s doorbell is missing a camera, but ease and style make it a great addition

A lack of an integrated camera means that the Arlo Audio Doorbell isn’t as versatile as competitors, but a low price, simple installation and smart features make it an easy add-on for Arlo smart home fans.

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for April 2019

Smartwatches make your life easier by sending alerts right on your wrist. Many also provide fitness-tracking features. So if you're ready to take the plunge into wearables and want to save money, read on for the best smartwatch deals.

The best iRobot Roomba deals to make cleaning your home a breeze

Keep your home clean without lifting a finger using a robot vacuum cleaner. These nine iRobot Roomba deals not only help you keep your home tidy, but many also come with advanced features such as automatic scheduling and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Home Theater

These awesome A/V receivers will swarm you with surround sound at any budget

There is no one-size-fits-all approach to shopping for a receiver, so we assembled our favorites for 2019, at multiple price points and all loaded with features, from Dolby Atmos to 4K HDR and much more.

Stunning photo shows Honor 20 will get the full Moschino designer treatment

Honor will launch the Honor 20 on May 21, at an event taking place in London. A special Moschino version will also be revealed, potentially with a Lite version, and perhaps even another model also showing up on the day.

Leak says Huawei will supply 5G equipment to the U.K., but with a caveat

A leak from the U.K.'s National Security Council says Huawei has been approved to supply certain 5G infrastructure equipment, but not the core components related to secure aspects of the network.

Google Assistant for Android and iOS wants to tell you a story

Just in time for National Tell a Story Day on April 27, Google has added the ability for Google Assistant for iOS and Android to read you a story. So now there's no excuse for not catching up with a good book.

Smash your carrier shackles with the best unlocked phones

If you want the freedom to switch carriers at will or you prefer to get your phone directly from the company that makes it, you'll want to buy an unlocked smartphone. These are the best unlocked phones you can buy in the U.S.

Here's how much it will cost to buy the Galaxy S10 5G, and when it releases

Samsung announced a whopping four new Galaxy S10 devices, from the low-cost S10e to the triple-camera S10 and S10 Plus. But it's the Galaxy S10 5G that steals the show, as it will be the first 5G-ready smartphone to hit the market.

Verizon reveals 20 new cities that will get its 5G network in 2019

Verizon is in the midst of a massive 5G rollout. In addition to fixed 5G service, it has also begun deploying mobile 5G. Here's everything you need to know about Verizon's 5G network, including when it will be in your town.

Bothering the bots: Funny questions and commands to pose to Google Assistant

Communicating with Google Assistant can be a chore. Luckily, there are plenty of fun questions and commands to add a little entertainment to your oft-rigid conversation. Here are some of our favorites.

Protect your gadget with our rundown of the best iPhone 6S cases and covers

If you’ve been wondering what kind of stylish cover or protective case is still available for the iPhone 6S, take a step inside and look at our top picks for the best iPhone 6s cases. From style to protection, we've got you covered.

George Clooney and Microsoft’s TrialWatch hopes to put a spotlight on injustice

Microsoft and The Clooney Foundation for Justice unveiled the TrialWatch app Thursday during an event at Columbia University — a new tool in CFJ’s ongoing effort to shine a light on injustice in courts around the globe.
Home Theater

Need wireless earbuds? The latest Apple AirPods just got a rare discount

Amazon just cut the price on the Apple AirPods 2 with wired charging case, so if you don’t specifically need wireless charging and you’ve been waiting for a deal on these great wireless earbuds, now’s your chance.