New Twitter, Facebook and Google Apps and Features

New apps and features have been announced by Twitter, Facebook and Google this week.

A new version of Twitter was announced today. It features a simplified design to make it easier than ever to follow what you care about, connect with others and discover something new. The new design will be both on Twitter.com and mobile phones. They’ve also updated TweetDeck to be consistent with this new version.

Twitter’s new design is built around the idea of tabbed sections. The first is Home, where users will see all their incoming tweets, with the ability to expand those tweets to see photos and videos. The next section is Connect, where users “get in on the conversation,” where users can quickly see their new followers, as well as who has taken any kind of action on their tweets, such as mentioning them (@ replying), retweeting, or favoriting them. The Discover tab is all about hashtags, except in a way that Twitter says it is making much more personalized.

Four new tabs are designed to make it faster and easier to use. The main idea behind the redesign, says C/Net, is to change how users will access their most important tweets and the information they convey. For instance, Twitter has decided to link its service to the notion of “home,” and to try to rebrand the hashtag as the “discover” tool.

Facebook has done a major corporate reorganization in an effort to be more nimble, reports All Things D. The new structure integrates design, product and engineering teams around key product areas such as privacy and communication.

Yesterday the company launched an updated Facebook app for Android. It’s now quicker and easier to view photos, get messages and navigate around the app. Facebook for Android is available on Android Marketx.

Today, Google added a new image carousel for viewing large image results on a tablet. You can try out the new image carousel by simply going to Google on your iOS or Android tablet’s browser and searching for your favorite images. This feature is currently available in over 40 languages.

Google is reportedly readying the launch of its digital newsstand, a tablet application that will be called Currents.

AllThingsD says the news reader application could debut “as early as tomorrow.” The product had been developed under the code name Propeller.

Currents will take on the pioneer and leader among news reader applications, Flipboard, which Apple named its iPad app of the year. They raised more than $60 million from top-tier venture capital firms. jumped into the market as well, launching its Livestand, its digital newsstand for tablets. And recently purchased Zite, an iPad news-reading app.

UPDATE: GOOGLE CURRENTS IS HOT OFF THE PRESS.

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Google Currents is now available for download in Android Market and the Apple App Store for US users.

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