Twitter Testing Tweet Embed Feature on Apps and Bing Translations on iOS

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It seems Twitter is all set to bring a new tweet embedding feature to its Android and iOS apps, as some users are reporting an update containing the feature being rolled out to them. Other users are reporting the Bing translation feature to have rolled out to the iPhone and iPad apps, just like already available for the Android app and the Twitter Web interface.

The Next Web reports it has received an update to versions of the Twitter apps for Android and iOSthat let users embed another tweet into their own. It’s not clear whether Twitter will roll out this feature to all users, or if it is something the company is testing in certain areas.

The method of embedding a tweet in a tweet is a little different from retweeting. Users will have to copy and paste the link of a tweet into the tweet they are making. This will give the user all 140 characters to work with while essentially retweeting another tweet. Followers will have to click to expand a tweet before being able to see the embedded tweet. The report notes that tweets embedded via the Android and iOS apps will be visible only as links when viewed from the web interface.

Twitter is also rolling out Microsoft’s Bing translation feature to some versions of the Twitter app for iOS, as CNET notes, though once again, since there is no official announcement or visible changelog to the effect, the feature may just be an experimental roll-out to some users. The feature is still not available with the most recent Twitter app for iOS in India.

The Bing translation feature in apps essentially shows a translated tweet in the user’s selected native-language. When a user taps on an individual tweet in a different language, the app gives an option of translation on the bottom of it. Once translated, users can see the translated version beneath a phrase, as “Translated from ‘language-name’ by Bing.”

CNET also notes that the Bing translation feature for the Twitter Web interface has also changed, and now shows the option to view translated tweets directly on the timeline, rather than by clicking on an individual tweet’s grey globe icon, and then clicking ‘view translation’ once the individual tweet is opened. This feature is once again still not rolled-out to India.

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