Jul 14, 2011
The problem with Twitter apps on Android compared to their iOS equivalents have been push notifications, or the lack thereof. Most Android apps have supported notifications by way of checking at occasional intervals, not getting notifications pushed to them when they actually occur. Twitter has updated their app to support push notifications for instant notification of replies and messages. This may be running through Google’s “Cloud to Device Messaging” service, otherwise known as C2DM, as the app description requires the user to have a working Google account for push notifications to work. As of publication, notifications aren’t coming in as they are tweeted, especially when compared to the iOS app’s instantaneous notifications. This may just be some quirks with the system and pushing to Android at the moment, but hopefully it is fixed for all users soon. As well, users who use multiple accounts can now easily check and tweet from different accounts with the official app. The update is available now as a free download from the Android Market.