Twitter has updated its iOS and Android apps today, bringing with it a host of security improvements and some new search features.
Here is what’s new in the latest update:
- No phone number required: By using push messaging and in-application approvals, you no longer need to provide your phone number to use login verification. If you manage multiple Twitter accounts, but only have one phone number, you can now opt all of them into login verification.
- Broader international support: Now, all you need is an Internet connection and one of our supported apps to enroll in login verification. Login verification via SMS has been available through supported mobile carriers across the world, but that didn’t cover everybody.
- “My phone fell in the ocean!”: Backup codes generated in the application can be written down, stored in a safe place, and used to access your account on twitter.com even if you lose your phone.
- More context: When a login request is made, you will see browser details and approximate location in the app. If you receive an approval request from halfway across the world, you may be getting phished. Review this page for more information on keeping your account secure.
- As you type your query, the search menu with suggestions will include social context, so you can see how you’re connected to other users. We just introduced this last week on twitter.com.
- We’re also adding a new photo gallery in search. Before, when photos were returned in search results, you could swipe through thumbnails and select photos to view full-screen. Now, you can select a new “View more photos” option that will lead you to a photo gallery of all the photos related to that search.
Now users of the Twitter app on iOS and Android will have an easier time managing lists and two-step security verification. Some under the hood performance tweaks have been added as well, so look for a substantial improvement in launch time when using the app.