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Pinterest update adds push notifications and mentions to Android and iOS apps

Pinterest fanatics can now collect and share exercise pins and wedding-themed posts more easily while on the go.

The social corkboard has announced upgrades to its Android and iOS apps, which include new features like push notifications, suggestions, group boards, and friend mentions.

Instead of booting up the computer just to check the Pinterest website's sidebar to find out who commented on or repinned one of your posts, notifications are now available on mobile. Android users can look at their profile page to find a list of recent activity, while iPhone and iPad owners will find the notifications icon at the bottom of the app screen.

If you're just dying to know what people think of your savvy pins, the app allows push notifications to find out what's happening, in real time, without even opening Pinterest.

Some of those notifications may now include mentions from friends and followers. The update brings the ability to directly link to another user by adding the @ symbol before their name. Think your sister-in-law would appreciate that list of 20 tips for raising a baby boy? Just mention her in the pin's description, and she'll be notified via the app or online.

Additionally, Pinterest has simplified the search function, now offering suggestions as you type. Users can also see recent searches made from other places — say you searched for a soup recipe from your computer, the same query will show up on your phone.

These changes come less than two months after Pinterest revamped its website and updated its mobile applications. In March, users earned the ability to edit their profile on the go, and the company gave the iPad app a makeover to give it a more web-friendly design. It also included the "People who pinned this also pinned" function, which hit the online and mobile platforms.

Pinterest is now available to download for free via the Apple iTunes Store and the Google Play store.