Twitter app updated with the ability to discover, install and launch apps from tweets

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Twitter yesterday announced that it had added support for photo galleries and apps to its Card features. Galleries are now represented in the stream with multiple photo previews, and app developers can embed more details about their apps.

Today, Twitter updated its iOS apps to support the new Card features, claiming that users can now discover, install and launch apps from tweets. And they also beefed up the apps’ performance with faster launch times and general bug fixes…

Here’s the full 5.5 change log:

-Twitter for iPhone now helps you discover, install and launch your favorite apps from Tweets. This update also includes the following improvements:
-Faster launch times and general performance upgrades
-“Retweeted by” in Tweet detail is now tappable
-Fix for reply-to-self in conversations
-Fix for bug that prevented undoing retweets in some cases

And here’s a description of the new app Card deep-linking feature from Twitter’s Jason Costa:

“First, we’re introducing mobile app deep-linking in Cards –– a new feature that closes the loop between content creation, content discovery and app downloads. With mobile app deep-linking, users will be able to tap a link to either view content directly in your app, or download your app, depending on whether or not they have your app installed.”

Only a handful of apps currently support the new app Cards, including Path, Etsy, SoundCloud and of course Vine. But judging by reactions from developers, it won’t be long before we see a number of others join the fray. They seem to really like it.

The news of the deeper content experience comes just a few weeks after a report from CNET claimed that the social network was looking at integrating a music discovery service into its app. Perhaps today’s update was an indication of things to come.

At any rate, if you want to check out the new Twitter app, you can find it in the App Store for free.

What do you think of the new app Card feature?