Twitter on Tuesday issued another update to its iOS application following an outpouring of public disgust with the app’s new “Quick Bar” feature. Twitter 3.3 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch was released just last week, and among its new features was a Quick Bar that the Twitter team seemed quite excited about. The feature placed a semiopaque banner that hung over the top of users’ main Twitter timelines and displayed a combination of ads and trends. Users were not impressed. In fact, they almost unanimously seemed to loathe the new feature, and many were quite vocal with their feelings on the matter. Thankfully, Twitter was quick to react — version 3.3.1 of the iOS app pins the Quick Bar to the top of the timeline and prevents it from obstructing tweets. For those of you who haven’t already defected, the new version is available immediately in the App Store. More →
Twitter just pushed out a major update for its iOS application, which is a universal app compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Twitter 3.3 adds a variety of functionality, the most obvious and painful of which is the new “Quick Bar” that dangles ads and Bieber-ish Twitter trends atop the main timeline. It’s very unique and remarkably annoying. Twitter lists other changes as follows:
- Photos. Uploading photos is now easier than ever. There’s a camera button in the toolbar and we improved the image preview, so you can quickly choose a photo from your library or take a new picture.
- Follow your friends. Now you can find which of your friends are on Twitter that have chosen to be discoverable through the contacts on your phone.
- Local trends. See trends based on your location.
- Shorten links. When you want to share a link on Twitter, just paste it into the Tweet box and we’ll automatically shorten it.
- Tweet box design. We redesigned the “New Tweet” screen so it’s now cleaner and simpler.
- Autocomplete. When tweeting on-the-go, speed and accuracy are important. Autocomplete for @usernames and hashtags help you tweet faster
- Direct Messages. The new Direct Message conversation view helps you better keep track of messages.
Twitter 3.3 for iOS is available immediately and the app is still free. Head on over to the App Store to update and then have fun polling your friends in search of a less annoying third-party alternative. We like Tweetings, TweetList and Echofon. More →
As with several desktop and mobile platforms, Twitter is being out-tweeted on Windows Phone 7. Subjectivity aside, third-party Twitter clients often provide a great deal of functionality omitted from Twitter’s official clients. Such is the case with an independently-developed app that is quickly becoming the go-to Twitter experience on Windows Phone 7 devices. Beezz already provides a host of great functionality left out of the official Windows Phone 7 Twitter app, and a major update will add nearly all of the core features the app is currently missing. New features in version 1.2 of the Beezz app include:
- List support
- Option to open app directly to main timeline
- Saved Searches
- Old-style Retweet support
- New live tile, which will include timeline, mentions and DMs
- Picture Hub integration
- Internet Explorer integration (tweet a URL from within IE — very handy since there is no copy/paste yet)
- Bit.ly integration
- Conversation view
DevMob, Beezz’s developer, hasn’t yet given a time frame for the new update, but we can asure you that the team is hard at work prepping the new release. Hit the jump for a quick teaser video highlighting a few upcoming features and in the meantime, version 1.1 of the Beezz app is currently available in the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace for free. More →
Beezz, an emerging Twitter client for the Windows Phone 7 OS, will soon become the first Twitter app to support push notifications on Microsoft’s new mobile platform. In a major update, Beezz will add two highly anticipated new features: Live Tile support — the app’s home screen icon will display information that updates automatically in the background like a widget — and support for toast notifications, which are visual and audio alerts much like push notifications on Apple’s iPhone (only they’re not intrusive or disruptive). Both features will support Mentions and Direct Messages from users’ Twitter feeds. The current version of Beezz can be downloaded immediately from the Windows Marketplace. The updated version, which has been approved by Microsoft, will become available later today or early tomorrow. More →