Twitter’s embedded tweets feature lands on Android one week after iOS debut
Twitter for Android is finally getting the fancy new embedded “quote tweet” feature that rolled out recently to iOS and the web.
The revamped quote functionality gives you 116 extra characters to pontificate on the topic when sharing somebody else’s tweet. It also makes quoted tweets much cleaner, presenting it as an embedded image (pictured). Before, the quote function merely pasted the original Tweet into yours, bracketed by quotation marks.
For the time being, Twitter even alerts you to the change with a tagline that promotes the new feature.
While Twitter took its time to bring the new feature over to Google’s platform (it launched a week ago on iOS), third-party app Talon already found a way to work the new feature into its own app. While working with Twitter’s APIs is sometimes a moving target for developers, this is one case where they were able to find a way to score newer functionality first.
The Twitter update is making its way through the Play Store. If you don’t have it yet and are already tired of waiting, you can grab the latest build from APK Mirror.
The story behind the story: Unfortunately the “coming soon to Android” label is all too common for cross-platform apps. It’s a little surprising a company as large as Twitter can’t roll out a feature simultaneously to both iOS and Android. Fragmentation is usually to blame, but even a delayed rollout to specific versions of Android would be preferable to making everyone go without.