Today, Twitter released the first Universal Windows Platform (UWP) version of its app for Windows 10 Mobile. The release follows the Twitter app for Windows 10 for PCs and tablets, and replaces the previous Windows phone app.
“As a designer at Twitter, I worked closely with our engineering and product teams to bring this experience to Windows 10 Mobile, Twitter’s Angela Lam writes in a guest post to Microsoft’s Windows Experience Blog.
They certainly took their time on this one: Twitter (UWP) for Windows 10 for PCs and tablets shipped July 29, 2015, alongside that OS release, almost 8 months ago. But with Windows 10 Mobile in some sort of nebulous, not quite shipping state, maybe today’s app release provides a hint about the OS too. Or maybe not. 🙂
Anyway. Here’s what’s new in the Twitter UWP app for Windows 10 Mobile.
Dark theme support. If you’re using a dark theme in Windows 10 Mobile, Twitter will be dark now. (You can’t set this manually, it just matches the OS theme.)
Moments. Described as “the best of what’s happening on Twitter in an instant,” Moments is available right in the main toolbar (the lightning bolt icon) and provides an immersive experience on Windows 10 Mobile, with fullscreen paging.
Group Direct Messages. Now you can send DMs to multiple people at the same time.
Shoot, edit, and tweet photos and video using your camera. When you choose to add a photo to a tweet, you can use the phone’s camera and capture a still image or video, and then use an Edit experience to perform simple edits.
Share a tweet and add your own commentary with a quote tweet. In addition to retweeting, you can now quote tweet, which lets you add more information to the tweet.
Simpler conversations. I can’t tell what’s simpler per se, but if you tap a tweet, it will expand to show you the entire conversation thread. (I think it worked similarly before.)
Check out top tweets without logging in. As part of Twitter’s “filtered tweets” initiative, you can see top tweets in the app without signing in.