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Donning a new plugin platform, Twidroid allows other Android developers to expand upon the appTwidroid announced Monday morning that it has made available version 3.0 of the premium Android Twitter client, a major update which comes with a whole set of nifty new features for Twidroid users to explore.
The biggest update is the implementation of a platform called Twidroid Plugins 1.0, which opens up the app so that Android developers can tinker with Twidroid and (hopefully) expand the core functionality of Twidroid to appeal to more niche audiences. Suggesting that developers could easily extend Twidroid to play nicely with other social networks or to work seamlessly with URL shorteners, Twidroid also provides a pretty cool example of a plugin on its Web site which integrates Google Maps natively into the app.
Other updates to the app include threaded conversations, in-app image previews, in-app link previews, and much more.
Twidroid has repeatedly shown itself to be ahead of the game in the world of Twitter apps. When Twitter announced that it was rolling out the Geolocation API, so that each tweet could be associated with an exact location, Twidroid was among the few Twitter apps, including Seesmic Web, Foursquare, Gowalla, Twittelator Pro, and a few others, to quickly offer support for the feature.
Though we won't likely see a large Twidroid update of this kind for some time, the apps developers are already looking ahead to the version 3.1. Besides offering support for the app interface in Chinese, Twidroid will also include an "offline tweets" feature, which presumably lets users to tweet without Internet knowing that once they get back online, the tweets will immediately roll out.
The full release notes:
* new: threaded conversations
* new: in-app image previews for twitpic, yfrog, twitgoo, phodroid, posterous and twitter profile images
* new: in-app link previews
* new: twidroid plugins 1.0 + example on our website
* new: action menu design streamlined with icons
* new: share option for single tweet
* new: view large avatar in profile
* new: saved searches sync with twitter
* new: marker for tweets annotated with geo information
* new: report spam
* new: remember timeline position setting (default: on)
* new: jump to top in timeline button
* new: autocomplete usernames for timeline and replies
* new: bring up tweet box directly by typing @
* new: DM list now with avatars
* fix: HTC hero image upload (finally)
* friends/followers also available in free version | moved to profile view
* [coming 3.1] new: merged action and inline link menu – whole tweet brings up the menu now
* [coming 3.1] new interface language: chinese
* [coming 3.1] new: offline tweets
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Twitter is an online information network that allows anyone with an account to post 140 character messages, called tweets. It is free to sign up. Users then follow other accounts which they are interested in, and view the tweets of everyone they follow in their "timeline." Most Twitter accounts are public, where one does not need to approve a request to follow, or need to follow back. This makes Twitter a powerful "one to many" broadcast platform where individuals, companies or organizations can reach millions of followers with a single message. Twitter is accessible from Twitter.com, our mobile website, SMS, our mobile apps for iPhone, Android, Blackberry, our iPad application, or 3rd party clients built by outside developers using our API. Twitter accounts can also be private, where the owner must approve follower requests.
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