Twitter overhauls its Android and iPhone presence to accommodate new card features

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Not to be outdone by Facebook’s impending Android news today, rival Twitter has released a new version of Twitter for Android that reflects a native Android experience. The micro-blogging site has also updated its Twitter for iPhone app and mobile.twitter.com

Twitter clearly doesn’t intend to be left out of the action as Facebook prepares to reveal new Android features possibly in the shape of an app or apps, while rumours of a Facebook-powered smartphone have resurfaced with a vengence.

Twitter’s new Android design features wider and taller timelines, a flat navigation bar, tap and hold for quick actions and users can quickly navigate between tabs by swiping across the screen.

As users type or search they’ll see username and hashtag suggestions pop up.

As revealed yesterday, more types of content will now be shown in expanded tweets across the iPhone, Android and mobile web versions of Twitter, presenting photo galleries, apps and product listings. These new Twitter cards also feature mobile app deep-linking that allows users to download the app right from the tweet if they haven’t already installed it.

Twitter’s technical lead for Android Jonathan Le said the new features will be rolling out over the next several days as part of Twitter’s mobile drive.

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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