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It's no surprise that Windows Phone "Mango" is getting Twitter in the fall. The feature is currently disabled in the beta builds given out to developers though, so it's fun to track its development along the Microsfot pipeline. What we can figure is this: a few Microsoft devs have been using it on their phones since May in a limited capacity, but recently new users have been given later builds of Mango with the feature enabled (see above image). Even Joe Belfiore is now using it.

In the last few days a few more folks on Twitter have started tweeting with "via Windows Phone (via Windows Live)" as the tweet source. Clicking the link redirects you to Microsoft's Windows Phone site. This was similar to another build from April where it said "via Windows Phone(via Windows Live)INT". (The difference there is of course "INT" which probably stood for "internal", as in development purposes).

One of the tweets comes from Ken Dacey of Microsoft, who was also the one responsible for the earlier "INT" Twitter posts a few months ago. He's been using Twitter on his phone since May, but another from @MSWindowsPhone only appeared in the last day (they won't confirm if it's a newer build, however).

Either way, Microsoft is making progress as expected. Hopefully registered AppHub devs will get a new beta build too.

Source: Twitter 1, 2, 3; Thanks, @Fisi_zubi for helping us out on this

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Win two 3-month Zune subscriptions

The Zune team are giving away two three month Zune Pass subscriptions to two lucky winners (so that's 6 months worth of Zune goodness each), which can be used on your Windows Phone 7 handset. To be eligible for the tweepstake, you must have a Twitter account (who doesn't these days?) and be over the age of 14, living in the US.

Entering the competition is as easy as 1, 2, 3 (no, really):

  1. Follow @ZuneSupport and visit the tweepstake page.
  2. Tweet the phrase found at the top of the page.
  3. Submit all required information in the survey. Done!

For more information (and to enter), check out the tweepstake page. Be sure to familiarise yourself with the guidelines.

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Seesmic updated to 1.7 and is now a game

Have you not got the latest version Seesmic yet? It's just been updated to 1.7 and now appears to be located in the Xbox Live hub instead of the usual place where applications hang out. Unfortunately, Seesmic isn't a Xbox Live title and therefore doesn't have achievements, but it's still strange how it's following suit of Shazam, which also had this issue.

Version 1.7 was supposed to address Twitter authentication issues (that's all 3rd party Twitter clients seem to do with updates) and permission alterations where users can now message authenticated accounts without actively following them. Re-authenticating your Twitter account is relatively straight forward, simply opening up the app after updating (from your Xbox hub remember?) will load the account migration wizard. This will allow you to re-authenticate your account in a few steps.

Not so long ago, our Paul Acevedo covered how Seesmic now reads out tweets to the user and this was the first step in the app taking over humanity. This is stage two, taking over Xbox Live. It's only a matter of time folks, only a matter of time!

Source: Seesmic

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Quick look: Tweet & Go [Video]

For those looking for a quick way to just Tweet, without loading their full Twitter client, waiting for all those tweets by their friends to show up, then 'Tweet & Go' is for you.

The app is by Adam Nathan, who brought us Metro Browser and numerous other apps to Windows Phone and it's quite useful, elegant and just right. You simply launch it, it logs in with your account and you can post away. You can even upload an image and use bit.ly (or your custom bit.ly). Plus, we just really dig the design (it uses your Twitter account's background image for that extra pizzaz).

The app fetches for $0.99 with no trial, which is a bit of a bummer. On the other hand, for those of you who need such an app, we feel pretty good about recommending it. Still, there is room for improvement: we'd like to see multiple Twitter account support, geo-location tagging and there looks to be a slight bug with the options not highlighting properly (see video). Hopefully we'll see those in later versions. Despite that, we really like it since nothing is faster for just posting a Tweet to the world.

Grab the app here in the Marketplace.

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For those who use or have used Android, you may know about TweetCaster, the popular Twitter client found on the platform (it's actually one of my favorites). Who knew they were working on a port to Windows Phone? Well, evidently they were and we took it for a spin.

First impression: quite fast and nice UI, it's feature support puts in the mid-range of offerings out there today. It's not bad at all, but not necessarily the best either. Good news is it's completely free (ad-supported), but it has no Live Tile, in case you were wondering. It's worth a shot for the more light Twitter users out there, though the Facebook integration is quite nice. (Note: I incorrectly say it doesn't have reTweet with comment in the video, but evidently it does).

Full feature set after the break and you can download here in the Marketplace.

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Birdsong, the popular Twitter client for Windows Phone, is reportedly the top paid social application in 6 countries, not to mention being 2nd in Canada and 3rd in Singapore (and 3rd in the U.S. where Seesmic & moTweets edge it out).

Great news for the developers at RedBadger, we would strongly recommend you check out Birdsong if you haven't already. It's a brilliant alternative to the official app on the Marketplace and we hear version 1.3 is coming soon.

Source: RedBadger

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Developers of MetroTwit, a Windows-based Twitter client, and WP7 Twitter client Rowi, have teamed up in an exciting new venture.  'The Nest', as they have named it, is a cloud-based framework that will allow users to sync data between both applications across platforms.  The first iterration will focus on column configuration and unread tweet state, though more features are expected to follow.  Another benefit to users is that since state data will be synced, The Nest will also serve as a client backup of sorts for multiple installations or reinstalls. 

The great thing about this partnership, aside from just being a straight-up cool idea, is that it takes development to new level.  While most developers either specialize in a single platform or try to own them all, The Nest let's each stick to what they are good at, while offering a great solution to the end-user.

Source: MetroTwit; via: IStartedSomething

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Seesmic, the free Twitter/Facebook app, received a major update today. Watch out! With all these new features, it's only a matter of time before the app outgrows its human oppressors.

Seesmic version 1.5 changelog:

Improved user experience: We worked hard to improve the user experience with the context menus, and we hope you'll agree that the experience is slicker than ever before.
Saleforce Chatter: We improved the UI to make navigation more intuitive.
Speak a tweet: Yes, tweets read outloud to you! We are not kidding!
Trend integration: Check out "What The Trend".
SMS Integration: Send a tweet via SMS.
Hyperlinks: You choose how you would like to open hyperlinks, either in-app browser or Internet Explorer.
Spring cleaning: Yes, we got rid of a few pesky issues in Facebook timelines and complications with Twitter logins.

The Speak a tweet option is the most promising new feature. You just click on a tweet, expand the menu at the bottom of the screen, and choose ‘Speak.’ Seesmic then reads your tweets back in a frightening robotic voice, but it’s still a great idea. I’d like a Speak button to join the Reply, Retweet, and Favorite buttons at the bottom of the screen instead of having to expand the menu first. The feature seems like it would be most useful while on the road or when your hands are otherwise full, so less clicks is better.

Seesmic is a great way to tweet and check your Facebook feed and messages. Pick it up here in the Marketplace.

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We covered Rowi (free) a few weeks ago when they rolled out their fast-user lookup while writing a new Tweet (it really works brilliantly). At the time, we mentioned that the Rowi team was gearing up to release a paid version which loses the ads and gain push notifications/Live Tile functionality.

Well, that day is here as the full version was released over the weekend. We had an early look at the app and give it high praise for it's speed and minimalist appeal. The push notifications/Live Tile has been work very well for us and the overall "clean" look to the app is a nice departure from some other clients.

The app fetches for $2.99, which is a bit high for a Twitter client these days. But, even at that price, the app delivers and works exceptionally well. In other words, if you're a fan of the still-available free version aka Rowi Lite (with ads), you'll want to take this one for a trial spin.

Grab it here in the Marketplace.

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Rowi Lite has been on the Windows Phone Twitter scene for awhile and it's a pretty solid, lite Twitter app.

Version 0.9.4 is slated for release sometime this week and it features quite a number of enhancements, including an auto-complete feature for contacts:

  • Bug fixes
  • Profile cleaned up (switched to pivot view, moved a few things around, made tweets, follwers, following on profile clickable)
  • Added translate menu item on tweet page (translates tweet to current locale of your phone using Bing)
  • Auto-Complete Usernames on New Tweet page

We took the release-candidate for a spin and left impressed as we haven't seen an auto-complete feature instantiated as well as this yet in any Twitter app (Twitt comes close). Overall, if you're looking for a clean, lite and fast Twitter app, Rowi fills those requirements admirably. Also, look for a paid ad-free version in a few weeks, featuring push notifications. Grab Rowi Lite here in the Marketplace and look for v0.9.4 later this week, assuming Marketplace clearance.

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We’re fans of moTweets ‘round these parts, the features and UI make it one of the top Twitter clients for Windows Phone 7 at this point. Looking at the features that are coming in version 2.2 we can’t help but get excited. In addition to fixes to GPS retrieval and some other bugs; Panoramic is adding themes, Facebook integration, and support for tools like Twitlonger and Plixi/TweetPhoto.

Keep an eye out for both the free and $0.99 versions of moTweets 2.2 in the Windows Phone Marketplace. The full moTweets 2.2 change log is after the break.

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Twitter, the social network that has skyrocketed out of control, has been bombarded with API connections and tweets being published and re-tweeted through exceptional growth. Ryan Sarver, who is a member of the Platform Team at Twitter, announced that they've updated their Terms of Service to help mainstream the Twitter experience and ensure users are connecting to (and using the) service in the same way.

With more people joining Twitter and accessing the service in multiple ways, a consistent user experience is more crucial than ever. As we talked about last April, this was our motivation for buying Tweetie and developing our own official iPhone app. It is the reason why we have developed official apps for the Mac, iPad, Android and Windows Phone, and worked with RIM on their Twitter for Blackberry app. As a result, the top five ways that people access Twitter are official Twitter apps. 

Still, our user research shows that consumers continue to be confused by the different ways that a fractured landscape of third-party Twitter clients display tweets and let users interact with core Twitter functions. For example, people get confused by websites or clients that display tweets in a way that doesn’t follow our design guidelines, or when services put their own verbs on tweets instead of the ones used on Twitter. Similarly, a number of third-party consumer clients use their own versions of suggested users, trends, and other data streams, confusing users in our network even more. Users should be able to view, retweet, and reply to @nytimes’ tweets the same way; see the same profile information about @whitehouse; and be able to join in the discussion around the same trending topics as everyone else across Twitter. 

More after the break.

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MoTweets 2.1 for WP7 delayed

Panoramic Software reports via Twitter that MoTweets v2.1 for Windows Phone 7 has been delayed.  They have not offered up a timeline for the release, but they have made a list of features available:

  • More robust timeline Tap’n’Hold for quicker interactions
  • Fixed an issue with White theme post screen
  • Better handling of twitter errors in Tweet details and User details screen
  • Fixed Hashtag issue on posting tweets
  • Fixed List selection bug
  • Added “more” at the bottom of timelines to load older tweets
  • Option to keep 200 tweets
  • Better handling and more access to create DM’s
  • Showing new icon for new RSS items
  • Progressbar for translate option
  • After timeline refresh, animates to first new tweet arrived
  • Option for Vibrate on/off
  • Reply All option
  • Speed and stability improvements
  • Several smaller fixes

Update: Panoramic tells us that they are hoping for a Friday release, pending Microsoft's verification process.

Source: Panoramic Software (1, 2)

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We have yet another contender in the Twitter battle for Windows Phone (we've lost count weeks ago). Today's entry is 'Mahtweets' which is open sourced (so you can download the code and make it better). The app is free and completely functional but you can "buy" it for $0.99 if you want to support future development, something we always encourage.

So how is it? Like all other Twitter clients, it has some really good mixed with a few hiccups (but seeing as it's version 0.7, we can't be too harsh). We really like how many Tweets you can see on a single view and we think the ability to tap a message to reveal those power icons is really awesome. The lack of aggressive caching as well as the inability to run below the lock-screen make it a bit sluggish sometimes (and don't let your screen time out if composing a Tweet, you'll lose it). The option to configure your timelines is very cool but awkward and confusing (especially the checkboxes). Finally, we like the URL shortening, geotagging, photo uploads and ability to favorite--meaning this has all the core functions for a Twitter app. (And no, there's no Live Tile/Push).

Give it a spin, leave a comment as to your thoughts. Ours? We see real potential here, but it's still too early in development to make it #1. We seriously look forward to future updates. Download it here in the Marketplace.

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We mentioned it last week and here it is, moTweets has finally cleared the Marketplace certification. Made by Panoramic, moTweets was a favorite app on Windows Mobile and it has now finally transitioned over to Windows Phone. Even though the app is "only" v2.0 (technically, the first release), it packs a huge amount of features that will rival any other Twitter app on the market today.

The app comes in two version: free and 'premier' (or Pro). The former is supported by ads and costs nothing, while the latter goes for $0.99 and has no ads. We always like choice and that applies here too. Anyways, we're gonna go give it a spin. Let us know how it works for you in comments.

Our initial impression? It's nice but a bit slow and cumbersome. That's not unusual with initial releases though, so hopefully it'll speed up in future updates. Still, it's not immediately replacing our number one favorite Twitter app which is...

Grab moTweets (Free) here and moTweets 'premier' here.

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We mentioned that the popular Twitter app 'Birdsong' (video hands on) got a price drop to $0.99 yesterday. As it turns out, it is temporary, but in addition the app just hit v1.2 with a bunch of new features and some bug fixes. But probably the bigger news is that the developers, Red Badger, are prepping their v1.3 which promises to bring those push notifications/live tile to the much talked about app. Here are a few of the changes though in v1.2:

  • Multiple accounts – via accounts.
  • Geo-tagging – you can attach your location, exact location or a nearby place to tweets.
  • Via settings you can control whether to always auto geo-tag all you tweets and whether you want to share your exact location by default. These settings are account specific.
  • Configurable timeline font size – via settings.
  • Favourite/Unfavourite a tweet.
  • Share tweet/DM via Email or SMS
  • Delete Tweet
  • Delete Direct Message

Plus it's now "copy and paste ready" for that big NoDo update, which is a nice plus. Grab it here in the Marketplace. See the developer's notes here.

 

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One of the staple Twitter apps for Windows Mobile, moTweets, is near release on Windows Phone 7. Panoramic, who we reported was working on a client for WP7, has published screen shots and a video (seen above) that demonstrates the app's capabilities. Fetching for a very fair $0.99 (or free, but ad-supported), the Twitter program will feature:

  • Use up to six (6) Twitter accounts simultaneously
  • Upload pictures using your device’s camera or from the photo album
  • Add your location to your Twitter post using your phone's GPS
  • tinyurl.com, bit.ly, twitpic.com, and yfrog.com support
  • View Trends, Lists and Conversations
  • View user’s background in the user details screen
  • Live Tile display your account image(s)
  • Streams allow you to add and view multiple timelines including Search results and RSS feeds
  • View tweets near your location and view them on a Bing map
  • Image Wall displays all images from your timeline as well as ones you've uploaded
  • Translate Tweets, Search Twitter topics, locations and users with ease
  • ReTweet, Follow, Unfollow, Direct messages, RSS Feeds, Favorites and much more!

The Live Tile with your images is a neat twist for a v1.0 app and at least in the video, at the 1:25 mark, it seems to show Tile notifications--let's hope they're in the final version! The app has been submitted to the Marketplace for testing, meaning a full release is right around the corner (~48 hours).

Till then, here are some images after the break to keep you curious...

Source: Panoramic

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While many didn't expect much from Microsoft's Keynote Address at the 2011 Mobile World Congress, Steve Ballmer and company did find a way to surprise us. While the first part of the presentation was a re-cap of the progress Windows Phone 7 has made, the Microsoft CEO also touched on how well the new phones are being recieved by consumers. Nine out of ten Windows Phone users would recommend the phones to other and many feel that Windows Phone 7 is the easiest and most delightful to use.

Building phones that people love and that are operator friendly is the top priority at Microsoft. Ballmer also mentioned that the first update for Windows Phone 7 is only a few weeks away, being release in March and will include the copy/paste feature and overall performance enhancements. No surprises there.

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Carmelo Milian, developer of the Windows Phone 7 application SoundEscape 7, is bringing an interesting Twitter app to the Marketplace. Tweet Translator promises to translate your tweets from or to a wide range of languages.

Other features of Tweet Translator include:

  • View your personal tweet time-line
  • Search people tweets
  • View public tweets
  • Hear the tweet with text to speech for various languages
  • Real-time translation for more than thirty languages

Languages covered in Tweet Translator range from Arabic to Haitian Creole to Vietnamese, as well as the customary French, Italian, Spanish, German and English. It will be interesting to see how well the text to speech feature of Tweet Translator will shake out.

According to the developer Tweet Translator has been submitted for certification and should be available at the Marketplace soon for $.99.

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We got word today of a yet another Twitter app in the Marketplace (see Beezz, Seesmic, Twitt, etc.), this one called Birdsong, which has a nice ring to it.

The app fetches for a pricey $1.99 and there is a free trial, but is it worth it? Our initial impression is for a v1.0 app it's pretty rockin' and yeah, we actually bought it. The main thing we like about is its looks: it feels almost like a native Twitter app. It also caches nicely, has threaded conversation views, retweet (old and quote), landscape support, inline pic viewing, Twitpic uploading and more. The UI is real slick and there's "infinite scrolling" so no more "load more" screens.

We look forward to seeing what comes next from the developer, who is already working on v1.1. You can check the developer's site here for more info and grab the trial here in the Marketplace.

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