Twitter’s latest function is reigniting the ‘iPhone vs Android’ warfare

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Twitter’s latest function is reigniting the flame warfare between iOS and Android house owners.

The U.S. social media firm’s newest addition is a delicate piece of data that exhibits the consumer that every tweet is shipped from. In doing so, the corporate now shows whether or not a consumer tweets from the online or cellular and, if they’re on a telephone, whether or not they used Twitter’s iOS or Android apps, or a third-party service.

The function — which was quietly enabled on Twitter’s cellular shoppers earlier this month; it has lengthy been a part of the TweetDeck app — has acquired a combined response from customers since CEO Jack Dorsey spotlighted it.

Some are blissful to have extra particulars to dig into for context, for instance, whether or not an individual is on cellular or utilizing third-party apps, however others imagine it’s an pointless addition that’s stoking the rivalry between iOS and Android followers.

Apparently, the app element isn’t really new. Means again in 2012 — some six years in the past — Twitter stripped out the data as a part of a sequence of adjustments to unify customers throughout units, concentrate on service’s studying expertise and push individuals to its official apps the place it might maximize promoting attain.

That was a very long time in the past — so lengthy that TechCrunch editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino was nonetheless a reporter when he wrote about it; he and I have been at one other publication altogether — and far has modified at Twitter, which has grown massively in recognition to achieve 330 million customers.

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Again in 2012, Twitter was making an attempt to reign within the mass of third-party apps that have been fashionable with customers in an effort to centralize its promoting to get itself, and its funds, collectively earlier than going public. Twitter’s IPO occurred in 2013 and it did migrate most customers to its personal apps, however it did a horrible job dealing with builders and thus, immediately, there are treasured few third-party apps. That’s nonetheless a sore level with many customers, for the reason that impartial apps have been historically superior with higher design and extra features. Most are useless now and Twitter’s official apps reign supreme.

Many Twitter customers might not be conscious of the again story, so it’s fairly fascinating to see some specific uncertainty at displaying particulars of their telephone. Certainly, a variety of Android customers lamented that the brand new element is ‘exposing’ their units.

Right here’s a collection of tweets:

I might go on — you’ll be able to see extra right here — however it looks as if, for a lot of, iPhone continues to be the last word standing image over Android regardless of the progress made by the likes of Samsung, Huawei and newer Android gamers Xiaomi and Oppo.

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Whereas it might enhance arguments between cellular’s two tribes, the function has already known as out manufacturers and ambassadors utilizing the ‘unsuitable’ gadget. Notable examples together with a Korean boyband sponsored by LG utilizing iPhones or the Apple Music staff sending a tweet through an Android gadget. Out of the blue recognizing these mismatches is a complete lot simpler.


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