Last updated: January 19, 2023, 3:33 PM IST
Twitter Blue is finally going to people with Android phones in select countries this week. The Blue plan has been available on iOS for a while now and the platform has recently expanded its reach to countries like India as well.
But now Elon Musk is clearly looking to monetize the platform, and what better way than to make Twitter Blue available to Android phone users.
With this development, Twitter Blue is now available on the web, iOS or Android, but only for those based in countries such as the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan and the UK. Twitter Blue on mobile costs $11 (about Rs 880) per month for users in these countries, including the Android version.
Musk has repeatedly talked about the Apple tax that became apparent with the higher Twitter Blue subscription price, and you could say the same about Google’s commission on premium apps, meaning Android users don’t get a discount on their Twitter subscription price Blue.
The new Blue offering includes verified (blue tick) accounts, support for uploading 1080p videos, an edit button for tweets, and also has the ability to use custom app icons.
Twitter Blue has undergone a major overhaul since Elon Musk became Twitter chief. There have been instances where the subscription was first removed, brought back, and then reintroduced. Twitter accounts of reputable organizations were given a gray check mark, which was later changed to a gold check mark.
Twitter also removed the old verification system, and people with aging account holders were given a few months’ grace to keep their Blue ticks, which are likely to disappear for the Blue plan in the near future. We’ll wait and see how much Android users in India will have to pay for a Twitter Blue subscription when it’s announced for the market.
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