Twitter for iOS updated with better Vine support, location-based Trends

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Twitter, the popular micro-blogging service which in March 2013 passed 200 million users, on Wednesday updated its mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms. Twitter version 5.6 for the iPhone and iPad now lets you see location-based Trends or browse Trends tailored to your interests. The application also features improved playback of Vine videos and contains a few other minor tweaks, included after the break…

Location-based Trends are important because the feature surfaces relevant tweets from people nearby, whether you follow them or not. This can go a long way toward exposing oneself to local content that suits one’s interests.

Mike Isaac has a pretty compelling post up over at AllThingsD explaining why location is Twitter’s holy grail. Other features in the new Twitter app include the ability to invite others to join the service from within the app.

And those that interact with retweets a lot will appreciate a subtle UI tweak that better contextualizes replies to retweeted tweets by including both the author and person who retweeted the tweet.

Your changelong for Twitter version 5.6.

• invite friends to join Twitter from within the app
• improved playback of Vine videos
• replies to retweeted Tweets now include both the author and person who retweeted the Tweet
• enjoy a smoother experience due to bug fixes and other improvements

Twitter yesterday refreshed the six-second video sharing app Vine with support for user mentions and front-facing camera. And in a rather surprising update last week, Twitter’s Mac app – which hasn’t been refreshed in nearly two years – finally gained an easier way to share photos, Retina display support and more languages.

As always, Twitter’s iOS app is provided free of charge as a universal binary targeting all form-factor iDevices. Twitter for Android has also been updated with today’s features over at Google’s Play store.