Twitter on Tuesday introduced a big update to its iOS and Android apps, allowing users to now send pictures inside direct messages. The feature is part of Twitter’s larger push to further emphasize the social network as a messaging platform, and not merely a place for 140 character thoughts. This isn’t quite the standalone DM app folks were hoping for, but private conversations are now more prominently displayed inside the mobile app itself. As you can tell from the screenshots above, it looks like any other basic messaging platform. I’d venture a guess to say a standalone offering is only a matter of time.
In addition to direct messages with photos, Twitter now let’s users swipe from your Home timeline, Activity timeline and Tweets for a more seamless experience. The app itself sports a new design as well, notifications from certain people that you follow, and an improved search experience. Safari Reading List support has also been added.
The update is available now for downloading.