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Twitter for BlackBerry launches tonight, out of beta

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While this isn’t exactly earth shattering news, it’s always fun to welcome a new app out of the beta stage. Later this evening, Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones will start to roll out into a full launch. RIM has said that one of the reasons of doing the open beta since April was to get community feedback, and they have received a bunch. So much so that the first update of the application included various user-requested tweaks, fixes, and feature additions. Here’s the full rundown for anyone interested:

The full launch will include support for several additional languages:

  • Portuguese EU
  • Japanese
  • Indonesian
  • Russian
  • Turkish
  • Dutch
  • Korean

This version will also feature “Go to User” – the ability to access any user’s profile from anywhere in the application using auto-complete functionality for followers.

Here are the feature lists from the original beta launch and the update that happened in May:

Features at launch:

  • Push Notifications for Direct Messages
  • Timeline Support
  • Following and Followers
  • Posting, Sending, Deleting , Replying and Retweeting Tweets
  • User/Saved/Keyword/Proximity Search
  • Tweet Photos/Links
  • Trending Topics
  • Seamless integration into core BlackBerry applications
  • URL Shortening
  • Auto-Update

New features during the beta:

  • Quote Tweets (editing retweets)
  • Auto Complete for @ usernames
  • View Photos from Yfrog & Tweetphoto
  • View Geotagged Tweets
  • Personal Info Guard
  • Hotkeys for Navigation
  • Report as Spam

“The full launch of the Twitter for BlackBerry application will start this evening and we anticipate the roll out to happen over the course of tonight and tomorrow. The application will be available on BlackBerry App World (www.blackberry.com/appworld) in the social networking category.”

Jonathan Geller founded Boy Genius Report, now known as BGR, in 2006. It became the biggest mobile news destination in the world by the end of 2009, and BGR was acquired by leading digital media company PMC in April 2010.

Jonathan is President of the newly formed BGR Media, LLC., and Editor-in-chief of the BGR website.

What started as a side project at the age of 16, quickly transpired into 24-hour days and nights of sharing exclusive and breaking news about the mobile communications industry. BGR now reaches up to 100 million readers a month through the website, syndication partners, and additional channels.