Twitter PWA gets new bottom navigation for narrow screens, tabs in explore

Jonny Caldwell

Twitter Windows 10 app

Twitter has released a new update for its Twitter progressive web app for various supported platforms, especially Windows 10 where most people will likely be using it. It’s the first update of the app since July, but does pack a fair list of new features an improvements.

First off, the company has added tabs to the Explore tab to keep content—such as news, sports, and others—more organized. The PWA also brings other goodies such as filters for DM requests, search for DMs, and bottom navigation for narrow screens. Here’s the full changelog of what’s new:

  • Explore more: We’ve added tabs to the explore tab to help organize all the content that lives there. Where available, you can use these to check out a variety of categories like news, sports, and more
  • DM Quality Filter: If you have the “Allow DMs from anyone” setting enabled, some message requests may now be filtered out and hidden at the very bottom of the requests inbox.
  • Search DM Inbox: To help you find conversations more quickly, you can type the name of a user or group into your DM inbox and matching conversations will be shown. This only searches your most recent messages, so if you have a lot results may not appear.
  • Bottom Navigation (Mobile): On mobile devices, the navigation bar has been moved to the bottom of the page.
  • Saved Searches: Crafted the perfect search to find out what’s happening on Twitter? Well now you can save it and quickly search it again. Use the menu next to the search box to “Save search”, and then find all your saved searches inside the search box when it’s empty.
  • Topics: You can now follow Topics on Twitter. Stay up to date with ideas, teams, hobbies and more by following a topic form certain Tweets or searches.
  • Score Cards: Is your favorite team playing? Catch up on the box score with Twitter. In Explore and live event pages, you may now see scorecards from leagues around the world.
  • Translate Profile Bios: In addition to Tweets, if we detect that a user’s bio is in another language, you may now see an option to translate it inline.

Twitter’s progressive web app is the official app on Windows 10 since the company discontinued the Windows Universal Platform app last year, and can be downloaded straight from the Microsoft Store. On other platforms, namely iOS and Android, the Twitter PWA can be installed though Safari or Chrome respectively, allowing for the option of a lightweight but full-featured  substitute for the app (which is more than 100 MB on iOS).

What do you think of these new features? Do you prefer the PWA app over the discontinued UWP app? Share your thoughts below.

Developer: Twitter Inc.
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