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

Galaxy Watch Active is the right size, no matter how big or small your wrist is

Launched among a massive array of other new products, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active could easily have been missed at Galaxy Unpacked 2019 -- which would be unfortunate. This is a sensibly designed, correctly sized smartwatch suitable for…
Deals

Make some time for the best smartwatch deals for February 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.
Computing

Prone to web surfing? Google Chrome’s new Focus Mode fights internet distractions

Finding yourself distracted by the web when you need to get work done? A new flag in Google Chrome could hint at a new Focus Mode. The feature may allow computer users to block distracting websites or notifications.
Social Media

Twitter keeps your direct messages, even years after you delete them

Twitter is keeping copies of direct messages sent through the social network even years after users delete them, according to security researcher Karan Saini who discovered an archive containing old DMs from deleted and suspended accounts.
Mobile

Stop buying old tablets, says Samsung, buy the new Galaxy Tab S5e instead

Samsung has launched the Galaxy Tab S5e -- the E is for Essential -- a reasonably priced tablet that includes many of the features we like from the Tab A 10.5, and the Tab S4. Here's what you need to know.
Mobile

Protect and style your Samsung Galaxy S10 with the best cases and covers

If you've splashed the cash for a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S10, then you'll want to take steps to protect your investment. With a metal frame and glass curves, the S10 needs some cover. Check out the best Samsung Galaxy S10 cases.
Health & Fitness

Nike’s Android app is bricking its $350 Adapt BB self-lacing shoes

A firmware update for Nike's new self-lacing Adapt BB shoe appears to be bricking the $350 footwear for some owners. Android users have said the Nike app no longer pairs with the shoe, rendering the tightening mechanism useless.
Mobile

You can now pre-order the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, or S10e

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is one of the most-anticipated phones of the year, offering a new chipset, beautiful display, and more. Now that the phone has been announced you might be wondering where you can get it for yourself.
Mobile

Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e in the U.K.

The Samsung Galaxy S10, S10 Plus, and S10e have all been officially announced and can be pre-ordered right now, with deliveries expected on March 8. If you're in the U.K., this is where you need to go to buy one.
Mobile

Sony partnership with Light aims to take smartphone photography to new heights

Smartphone photography is in its ascendancy, and a new partnership between Light and Sony hopes to lift it to new heights through the development of multi-image sensor solutions for smartphones. We spoke to Light to find out more.
Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S10 vs. Google Pixel 3: Can Samsung beat the stock Android king?

The Samsung Galaxy S10 is here, offering modern specs, a beautifully high-resolution display, and an edge-to-edge design with a small cutout in the display for the front-facing camera. But can the phone take out the Google Pixel 3?
Deals

Protect your iPhone or iPad with the IPVanish VPN, on sale through February

One of our favorite virtual private networks for iPhones and iPads, IPVanish, is now offering a huge discount on its two-year subscription as part of its 7th-birthday promotion. Read on to find out more about how this VPN works and how you…
Mobile

Verizon is launching real standards-based 5G in 30 cities in 2019

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

Stay fit and save cash with our top 10 affordable Fitbit alternatives

As much as we love Fitbits, they're rather expensive. If all you want is a simple activity tracker, however, then check out these great cheap Fitbit alternatives. With offerings from brands like Garmin, you don't need to pay full price.