Previously iOS-only, Twitter’s ‘While you were away’ feature officially makes its way to Android


Twitter while you were away

Last month we told you guys about a new feature rolling out on Twitter that gave users a recap of important tweets they may have missed while they were off doing other things on their phone (or you know, the real world). Dubbed “While you were away,” Twitter updated their original blog post to announce that the feature — which originally launched on iOS — is now officially live in the Twitter for Android app.

Apparently, Twitter highlights these tweets based on engagement and a variety of other unnamed factors, then rises them to the top of your feed when you open the app to ensure you won’t miss anything important. With this out of the way, perhaps now Twitter can get back to introducing features users really care about, like an edit button or improving their terrible image upload quality.

Should any of you frequent Twitter, feel free to follow myself (@Gamercore) and/or Phandroid (@Phandroid) for even more Android fun, randomness, and general hilarity. Cheers!

Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. No feature should be exclusive to an OS if it’s a major app available on both major OSes.

    1. Seriously. Even Google updates their apps for iOS before Android.

      1. That’s only because iOS is easier to program software for. You only have to worry about a few different hardware and software make ups. All iPhones are about the same while Android on the other hand still has devices being produced with Gingerbread or Ice Cream Sandwich as the day one OS version when purchasing the phone. There is beauty in being together and not the same, it just also promotes several software development issues as well.

  2. Twitter is crazy, people wouldn’t miss a thing if the app would stop refreshing it’s self whenever opened. There should at least be an option for manual refreshes.

  3. So this is like that annoying email I would receive from them.
    Nothing better than a social network emailing you to reel you back into their service.

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