BlackBerry today announced a new version of its Twitter app for BlackBerry 10 devices, adding a slew of new features. You can download the new version now directly from BlackBerry App World.

BlackBerry says the new Twitter version is “designed to heighten your Twitter experience.” Marketing bollocks aside, the big focus in this release seems to be surfacing Twitter trends and follower suggestions based on the user’s interests and actions.

More specifically, here’s what’s new in Twitter 10.2.1 for BlackBerry 10:

  • Lists: You can now view, create, subscribe, and edit Twitter lists from your BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
  • Enhanced personalization and recommendations: You can now see trends based on personal interests and location. When you search for a topic in the trends section, the app shows you people to follow based on the topic and conversations around the topic. You can also see trends for a particular location (eg. Canada, US, Cape Town, and so on).
  • See more photos – Scroll through tweeted images in the photo image gallery.
  • Learn about even more fascinating people when you visit profiles. The app now showcases other cool accounts to follow based on the person’s profile you’re viewing.
  • New icon indicates tweets with video.
  • DM message status in the app now syncs across all your devices and Twitter accounts.
  • View recent Tweets in an Active Frame (while the Twitter app is minimized on the Home screen).

BlackBerry develops both the Facebook and Twitter apps for its platform, just like Microsoft does for Windows Phone, because the social networking companies aren’t interested in anything aside from Android and iOS. Unfortunately, the result is a worse experience for BlackBerry and Windows Phone users since the apps on those platforms are always behind in features. The changelog above sadly confirms this.

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