July 30, 2014

In Brief: TripIt, Skype, and Twitter update Android apps

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Three of our favorite Android applications have been updated today, adding new features and enhancements across the board.  The headline gives the names away but Skype, Twitter, and TripIt each have new versions of their respective apps in the Google Play Store this week.  Here’s a quick primer on what is new for the three apps.

Skype

  1. Restyled instant messaging view
  2. Video rotation support for many more devices
  3. Faster app start up

Twitter

With this update, you can see Activity (stream of updates that shows which Tweets are favorited or retweeted by the people you follow and which accounts those people follow or add to lists). Activity appears below the redesigned stories in Discover. 

Search is now simpler: See suggestions for different spellings and related terms for your queries…In the Connect tab, you can start typing the first or last name or username of the person you’re looking for and the name will autocomplete for people that you follow. 

Lastly, we’ve added push notifications for Interactions, so you can know immediately when your Tweets have been retweeted or favorited, or when somebody new follows your account. You can manage your push notifications settings to stay as connected as you’d like. 

TripIt

That’s why we’re so excited to debut past trips on the latest version of TripIt’s Android app. No matter where you are, you can now get all the great info stored in your past itineraries.  So whether you want to share that great hotel you stayed at during your travels to Beijing, or get a cost estimate for a past business trip to Atlanta or if you simply want to show off your road warrior record, all that information is now available at your fingertips.