Twitter today updated its apps for Android and iOS with a slew of new features, focusing in particular on search and discovery. You can download the new version now directly from Google Play and Apple’s App Store.

First and foremost, Twitter has added new filters in search to help users easily find the tweets and people they’re looking for. The new photo search filter, for example, lets you see tweets with photos in a grid or list layout. You can also filter for videos. We expect both of these will be particularly popular among Vine users.

Screenshot 2013 11 19 14 13 30 1 Twitter for Android and iOS get search filters, toggle between top and all tweets, trends and events timeline

The filters can also be personal. You can see what your friends are tweeting by simply narrowing down the results to only show tweets from the people you follow.

Furthermore, Twitter has added a toggle option at the top of the search results page to move between all tweets and top tweets. Previously, there was only an option to see the latter.

Last but not least, Twitter has made it easier to find out more about trends and events via a new trending timeline. Just head to Discover, and you’ll see trends along with associated tweets, as well as trending TV shows and nearby events.

Here’s the full Twitter for Android and iOS changelog (yep, it’s identical for both platforms):

  • Find exactly what you’re looking for: Search results now show content that is filtered to the type of moments you want.
  • See what’s trending on TV and close by to you: After you’ve browsed through all trends in Discover, you’ll see additional trends about both TV and local content.
  • Better login verification: Take a screenshot of your verification backup code when you enroll or generate a new one.

Now that Twitter is a public company, every update it releases is scrutinized all the more closely. Today’s release isn’t major, but it’s still a decent improvement.

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