Twitter to kill 'Moments' within iOS, Android app starting October 23

By Anuj Sharma - October 10, 2018
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Starting October 23, if you want to create a moment, you will have to go straight to desktop version of Twitter. ....

Twitter "Moments" will not work within the iOS and Android apps because it is apparently not seeing a lot of use, the micro-blogging website announced today. Moments are curated stories showcasing the very best of what’s happening on Twitter.

Starting October 23, if you want to create a moment, you will have to go straight to desktop version of Twitter.

"On October 23, we're removing the ability to create 'Moments' on the Twitter for iOS or Android apps. When features aren't used as often, we'll remove them, so we can focus on building other products you'll love," Twitter said in a blog post.

Twitter has also ended support for all iPhone and iPad users who are running iOS 9 or older versions of the operating system. According to a message in the app’s update text in its latest App Store released in August, only those users running iOS 10 or higher will continue to have a supported mobile client.

According to TechCrunch report, the company’s message notes that this decision will allow it to streamline its app development for all clients.

Twitter has until now supported devices like the iPhone 4, 5, 6 and their variants. The company is now officially dropping them from their supported device line-up, meaning the device users will no longer receive feature updates or bug fixes for the Twitter app.

“It’s not unprecedented for social apps to make this choice — LinkedIn and Snapchat also only support iOS 10 or higher. Facebook, meanwhile, caters to anyone on iOS 9 or above,” the report added.

In September, Twitter announced putting live streams and broadcasts from your followed accounts at the top of your timeline, making it easier to know and see what they’re doing in real time. According to Twitter, the new feature will include breaking news, personalities and sports.

The company has also launched a new feature that allows users to create audio-only broadcasts so your followers can hear but not see you -- directly from the micro-blogging website, as well as Twitter’s Periscope.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed the feature in a tweet which is currently accessible on the Twitter for iOS app, as well as on Periscope.

The feature was seen in beta testing, but Dorsey’s tweet – along with the mobile app’s update log, clearly indicates that it has now rolled out globally.

Now, instead of having the option to record video after you tap “Live,” there’s a button you can tap to pick audio-only broadcast. All Twitter users across platforms will be able to see the recordings and play them back.

And similar to live video, audio broadcasters will be able to view their stats, like number of live viewers, replay viewers, time watched and other metrics.

 

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