Twidroyd Helps Android Users Go Live with Twitter

Twidroyd 4 is claimed to be the first mobile Twitter application to include LivePreview, a new feature where links within tweets trigger a live view of the associated web page, photo or video in a pane immediately adjacent to the tweet.

PostUp, Inc., a mobile apps company, announced Tuesday (Sept. 21) the launch of Twidroyd 4, the newest version of the Twitter client for Android devices.

It says users will be able to see and engage with the linked item, including scrolling through web pages and interacting with the content. Twidroyd 4 works on most Android devices including phones and tablets.

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Twidroyd 4 takes full advantage of the Android phone or tablet’s orientation. When in “portrait” mode, LivePreviews of plixi or Twitpic photos appear embedded within the tweet, while all other tweets appear as they do in the current version.

Turning the device into “landscape” mode automatically opens the LivePreview window, which displays the linked web pages, photos or videos where appropriate and additional information about the tweeter when no links are present.

As users move through their tweets, LivePreviews appear instantly, enabling them to see the content that is most important to them.

“We’re excited about the fact that this is the first Twitter client on any platform to provide fully integrated views of the complete range of web pages, photos and other media embedded within tweets,” said Bill Gross, CEO of PostUp.

“Users no longer have to click on a link to open a separate browser and flip between the two windows. It’s all there within the application, enabling a seamless reading experience.”

Twidroyd is available in two versions. The free version is a fully featured Twitter client, including postings, mentions, direct messages with threaded view, integrated search, list viewing, URL shortening, geo-location support, multi-language interface, background notifications and more.

A Pro version is available for $3.99 and adds multi-account support, full list support, three desktop widgets for viewing tweets on the device’s home screen, native support and other advanced features.

Both also fully integrate Twitlonger for tweets containing more than 140 characters, and plixi, for embedding photos within tweets.

In addition to downloading Twidroyd 4 at the Android marketplace, Android users can also text TWIDROYD to 95997 on their phones to receive the download link directly.

According to the company, Android OS version 1.5 or higher is required for all features except LivePreview, which requires version 2.0 or higher.

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