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Twitter for Android review: Fast, secure, and great at the basics

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Tap the the three vertical dots in the top-right of the screen to view your Twitter profile, which shows your header at the top, with a background photo, profile photo, and your Twitter stats. Below that, you can view all of the tweets you've posted, plus all of the photos you've shared. And, of course, your profile is where you can manage your lists and favorites, access saved searches, and more, just like before.

Sending tweets from your mobile device is even easier than doing so on the Web, thanks to the text bar at the bottom of the screen that is always accessible, no matter where you are in the app that asks "What's happening?" Autocomplete makes mentioning friends a snap, and you can easily attach photos and location stamps to your tweets. In fact, with the newest features added to the app, the photo attachment button pulls up your device's Gallery right within the Compose interface, making the process faster than ever. You can even switch between multiple accounts right from the Compose screen.

From Twitter's Compose screen, you can quickly and easily switch between accounts and attach photos. Screenshot by Jaymar Cabebe/CNET

Twitter also offers a handful of editing tools for polishing your photos before tweeting them out. There's a simple tool for scaling and cropping and an auto-enhance function that does an admirable job of balancing colors and light. In a recent update, Twitter added new square and wide cropping options and image rotation to give you more control over tweaking your photos before you post them.

Lastly, Twitter offers eight different photo filters, which is convenient. Unfortunately, though, they need to dial up the intensity a few notches, as their effects seem a bit mild. All that said, we appreciate the addition of photo filters and tools, but we still prefer processing photos in other apps and then sending them over to Twitter for posting.

Twitter comes with two-factor authentication to give you better security for your Web browser-based Twitter account, though you can set up the feature in the app on your phone as well. Whether your password has been hacked via some phishing scheme, or someone found out a common password you use for other Web accounts, this means the would be hacker will not be able to log in to your account without your phone in hand. Now, when you log in to your Twitter account from desktop computer using your regular username and password, Twitter will send a text to your phone with a code you can enter to log in to your account. You'll need to turn this feature on in your account security settings either through a Web browser or in the app. Though it is an extra step for log-in, it's worth the trouble to make sure your account is always secure. Twitter also gives you a backup code when you first set it up that you should write down in case you lose your phone so you can still log in and protect your account.

While the official Twitter app offers a few advanced features, it still needs a bit more under the hood to please its most active users. List management and saved searches are a great start, but the app could stand to incorporate other features like scheduled tweets, and filters for trending topics. Also, we love that the app supports multiple accounts, but as it is now, you cannot post to both simultaneously, which is a bit of an inconvenience.

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