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Twitter updates mobile apps with better search, improved browsing

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Twitter has updated the search and web browsing capabilities for its official iOS and Android apps and its mobile website.

The tweet tweak, announced by the company on Wednesday, builds on the ability to capture "important Twitter moments" by showcasing older, notable tweets within search results. Wednesday's update brings a Top Tweet from the past while also allowing users to "view more from this time."

On its official blog the company wrote: "We recently introduced the ability to see older tweets in search results. Now when you search for important Twitter moments, you may see a Top Tweet separate from the rest of the results. This Tweet is the best match for your query based on relevance and engagement. To see additional Tweets from this time period, tap on “View more from this time.” Try searching for “four more years” or “deep challenge” on your phone to see an example."

Another improvement involves the app's built-in web browser. Now, when users click a web link or load a video from within a tweet, the original tweet will also be visible at the foot of the screen.

The company says keeps the webpage in context for readers (and viewers) and allows them to easily quote, retweet or reply to the post without returning to their timeline.

"If you don’t want to see the Tweet, simply tap the page and the Tweet will slide away from view. By pulling up or down on the tray icon, the Tweet will appear or disappear from view," wrote software engineer Nick Takayama.

The update, which also features an improved auto-complete mechanism, comes in a week when Twitter has come under fire for removing support for the popular TweetDeck app it bought in 2011.

As it continues to discourage access from anything but its official suite of apps, Twitter will need to continue rolling out new and enticing features for its mobile apps to prevent users seeking alternatives.

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