Apple Improves App Store Search Algorithms

Apple appears to have made some significant improvements to the way App Store searches work in recent weeks, returning more relevant, intelligent results whenever a keyword search for an app is conducted, reports TechCrunch.

Several developers, including Tapbots’ Paul Haddad and Contrast’s David Barnard began noticing changes to App Store search results starting in early November, with a major algorithm update occurring on November 12.

App rankings for search results now appear to take into account factors that go beyond simple keyword listings, like partial keyword matches and competitor brand names, somewhat de-emphasizing the keywords that developers enter manually. As an example, a search for „Twitter“ now brings up relevant apps like Tweetbot, something that didn’t happen before the shift.

It’s also the first time the App Store has ranked apps for keywords that are not in the title or the „keyword,“ slot, we understand.

For developers searching against their own app name, what this change means is that they’ll now see a number of competing apps that didn’t show up before, and an overall expanded list of matches.

AppFigures CEO Ariel Michaeli told TechCrunch the App Store uses a new suggestion function that takes into account the „essence of the app“ and puts more emphasis on on-page components.

Apple is constantly making changes to the way apps come up in charts and through search, in an effort to improve app discovery. The recent search algorithm changes appear to be bringing up much more useful results, but as TechCrunch points out, Apple could make further improvements by utilizing metrics like whether an app was featured, positive reviews and press mentions from the web, and its overall usage.

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Tweetbot 4 for iOS Updated With Support for Apple Watch

Tapbots today released a significant update for its latest Tweetbot 4 Twitter client, adding support for the Apple Watch. On the Apple Watch, the default view is the Activity Feed, which includes Mentions, Favorites (soon to be likes), and Follows – the content you’d most likely want to view on a small screen.

From the Activity Feed, it’s possible to tap to view individual tweets to Reply, Retweet, or Favorite, and tapping on a name also leads to a profile where a Direct Message can be sent to a user or someone can be followed. A force press on the Apple Watch within Tweetbot will bring up the option to send a tweet, and composing a message is done via voice dictation.

Today’s update is the second major update to Tweetbot 4, which Tapbots released a month ago. Tweetbot 4, a newly universal app for the iPhone and the iPad, introduced a redesigned look, new Statistics and Activity Views, and support for features like split-screen multitasking on the iPad. A later update also brought support for 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Tweetbot 4 can be downloaded from the App Store for $4.99. [Direct Link]

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New versions of Tweetbot for iPhone, iPad, and Mac are on the way

Many of us have been eagerly awaiting a new version of Tweetbot for iPad for quite a while now, as well as an updated version of Tweetbot for Mac. The wait seems like it’s drawing to a close though. Today,…Read more ›



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‘Tweetbot 2’ Yosemite Update in the Works, Will Be Available for Free [Mac Blog]

Tapbots, the company behind the popular Tweetbot Twitter client, today tweeted a tantalizing preview image of Tweetbot 2 for Mac, which has received a Yosemite-style redesign.

Based on the photo, Tweetbot 2 adopts many stylistic elements from Yosemite, allowing it to blend in well with the updated operating system. It features a flatter look with redesigned icons, plus a translucent navigation bar. It also uses circular profile photos, much like Tweetbot for iPhone.

According to Tapbots, the Yosemite update has been „more work than anticipated,“ which explains why the Mac app has yet to see an update even though Yosemite launched in October. The company has also confirmed that Tweetbot 2 for Mac will be a free update.

Tweetbot for Mac made headlines last week when it temporarily disappeared from the App Store, leading some to speculate that it had reached its Twitter token limit, a restriction Twitter places on the number of users allowed for third-party Mac clients, but the disappearance was only temporary and Tweetbot returned to the Mac App Store after a day of absence.

Though Tapbots has confirmed that Tweetbot 2 for Mac is in the works, the company has not divulged a possible release date for the software. There is also no new word on a new iPad app, which has not been updated since June of 2014 and has not received an iOS 7 redesign.

Tweetbot for Mac can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $19.99. [Direct Link]




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Tweetbot For Mac 1.4.1 Update Fixes The Bugs That Ail You

Tweetbot is probably our favorite Twitter client for iOS, especially after Tweetbot 3 gave the app a major makeover for iOS 7. It’s also one of our favorite Mac Twitter clients, but it tends to hover a bit behind Tweetbot…Read more ›



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Tweetbot for Mac Updated With Scrolling Improvements, Replies From Notifications [Mac Blog]

Tapbots has updated Tweetbot for Mac to version 1.4, adding both smoother scrolling and the ability to reply to tweets or DMs directly from notifications for users who are running OS X 10.9 Mavericks.

The updated app also includes faster refreshing on lists and saved searches, as well as several different bug fixes and performance enhancements.

What’s New in Version 1.4
– Smoother Scrolling (10.9 only)
– You can now reply to tweets/DMs from the notification itself (10.9 only)
– Lists and saved searches now refresh every 2 minutes instead of 4
– Fixed the issue where you’d see ‘Please enable wifi’ when fetching your location while composing a tweet
– Fixed the issue where searching your timeline, then scrolling to top then dismissing search field could move your timeline to the top
– Fixed a potential issue where app could hang when using secondary windows
– Fixed a few issues on 10.7
– Various bug fixes and improvements for 10.9

Tweetbot can be downloaded from the Mac App Store for $19.99. [Direct Link]




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Tweetbot 3 Updated With Right Swipe Gesture, Text Resizing and More [iOS Blog]

Following the release of Tweetbot 3 in late October, Tapbots has now updated its revamped app to version 3.1, re-adding several former Tweetbot options that did not make it into the redesigned app.

Users are now able to set a list as their default timeline by holding down on the „Timeline“ title to open a list of options. Right swipe once again initiates a quick reply (and can be customized with a different action) and text can be resized within the app. Previously, the app relied on iOS 7’s universal text settings.

Round avatars, which were introduced alongside the iOS 7 redesign, can now be set to square, and timeline badges can be hidden. The update also contains several other minor feature updates and bug fixes.

What’s New in Version 3.1
– Using a list as your timeline is back (hold down on „Timeline“ title to reveal the menu)
– Right swipe to quick reply (short swipe and release for custom action)
– Resize text within the app (Settings > Display)
– Option to set square avatars and hide timeline badges (Settings > Display)
– Email conversations or share via Storify
– „Last tweet x minutes ago“ is back in the profiles (under recent images)
– Removed „Retweeted by“ string so there’s less chance of truncation
– Lots of bug fixes

Tweetbot developer Paul Haddad has also noted on Twitter that Tweetbot 3 will gain a night mode option in a future update.

Tweetbot 3 can be downloaded from the App Store for $2.99 [Direct Link]




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Tweetbot 3 For iPhone Now Available In The App Store

Tapbots has released its highly-anticipated iOS 7 redesign of Tweetbot, a popular third-party Twitter client. Version 3.0 is a radical departure from the iOS 6 app, and it’s available now in the App Store for iPhone. Tweetbot is a full-featured…Read more ›

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