In a further move away from third-party clients, Twitter has begun integrating image uploads on its mobile website, providing yet another reason (in its eyes) for a user to choose its own websites and apps to interact with its service.
The upload button, spotted by Sociable, appeared to only work on Android devices running Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean operating system. But it turns out that the new feature works on Apple’s new iOS 6 software also, providing support for the world’s two most popular mobile platforms.
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It’s been more than 13 months since Twitter integrated the same functionality into its main website, but now Twitter appears to be gearing up for the next wave of Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean powered Android devices, as well as the new iPhone (and iOS 6 software) — which may launch soon after Wednesday’s Apple launch event.
Testing photo uploads. twitter.com/m4tt/status/24…
— Matt Brian (@m4tt) September 10, 2012
In recent months, Twitter has come under fire from developers and users after it shared its new Rules of the Road. Last week, Twitter officially released the latest version of it’s API, v1.1, detailing how it didn’t want developers to replicate the core Twitter experience.
Third-party developers have also begun reaching out to the Federal Trade Commission urging them to look into recent restrictions put on them by the service.
The implementation of a new upload button brings more functionality to its mobile website, but the offering is far some fast and is bulky to navigate. Many users will still prefer to use other mobile clients — including Tweetbot — but even then, Twitter is removing the via stamp from its website so users cannot see what tool was used to send a tweet.
Twitter is supporting Apple’s iOS 6 software, but with it still in private beta, the company may be waiting until Apple’s launch event to announce the feature. That said, if you own a device running Android 4.0 and up, or an Apple device powered by the new iOS 6 firmware, you should be able to use the new upload feature today.
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