Twitter remembers Windows Phone, updates app

Twitter remembers Windows Phone, updates app
There was a good amount of concern that Twitter had forgotten about its Windows Phone app all together, but it seems like Twitter does actually remember the platform because it has updated its Windows Phone app for the first time in seven months. The update is pretty solid too, adding a bunch of nice features to the app.

The biggest addition is a feature that has been standard in most 3rd party Twitter apps for quite a while: in-line images. This means you can finally view shared images directly in your Twitter feed without clicking on those annoying links. The feed has also been improved with options to reply, retweet, and favorite posts that you see. Both are nice updates, but obviously features that probably should have existed long ago. Last on the update to features is an option to upload multiple images at once. The UI also has been tweaked, making the navigation tabs at the top of the app bigger, which seems somewhat wasteful, but so be it. 

Twitter's new rules about user tokens for 3rd party apps has been especially tough on Windows Phone, because it didn't really have any apps that could be grandfathered in when the rule change came, and the rules took down the best WP Twitter app around, Rowi. This has meant that users have had to hope for more from the official Twitter app. We'll have to hope that Windows Phone users don't have to wait until February 2015 for another update. 

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44 Comments

1. karim77

Posts: 70; Member since: Dec 10, 2012

Phonearena,please don't treat windows phone as a pethetic os , IT'S NOT !!! It just need some time to develop like any os has done before

3. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

It is a pathetic OS. They got plenty of time to develop it. By now they should have realized that they can't compete with Android and iOS. I believe Microsoft is now in a dead-end.

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Everyone in this world has the right to be stupid, but you sir are abusing that privilege.

6. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

I won't even waste my time trying to argue with a Nokia fanboy.

9. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

You're a pathetic person.

11. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Are you referring to me?

13. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

No no. To smallworld.

15. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

Then tell me how they can turn this situation around since you are trying to be intelligent. They have been failing for 4 years now. I just can't see how they can become relevant and gain serious marketshares. It's not just WP, none of these new OSes will be able to break the android-iOS duopoly.

19. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

WP and Android came up in two different atmosphere the market was ripe when Android exploded via flooding the market, WP faced a much more mature market. Carriers, promotions, a free OS, more OEM's all favored Android a luxury WP did not enjoy. Other OS like Web OS which was actually good died, BB is falling WP is rising. Its the only OS thriving in a world overrun by Android and iOS devices. WP will come along with time especially now that the OS is free. I like the little guy , its the slickest OS around Android and iOS give it up for choice. I kinda like the fact that not everybody is rocking a WP, its the hippie of the OS world, not like everybody else.

35. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

My only problem with this is....BB and Win Mo were the dominate players when Android launched. Android launched at the absolute bottom, it didnt start out where it is today. BB and Win Mo was plentiful in stores while Android had 1 - 2 phones, maybe a few more? Sometimes....some of yall speak like BB10 and WP is their first companies dive into mobile phones.They have waaaay more experience at it than Android and iOS combined. And honestly they both should be ashamed they allowed both iOS and Android to unseat them both. Sometimes..it is what it is....ppl just dont want BB or WP anymore. I agree with everything else tho. WebOS was arguably the best mobile OS when it was out. And WP has the underdog title right now, just like Android did. But....time is ticking by....in 4 years Android was a dominate force in popularity and market share....WP is still fighting BB for last place.

21. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Yeah... I don't think you're trolling... You don't know how to convey your message without being as offensive, but you're not a pathetic troll..... .............. Anyways, WP really doesn't compare to these other new OS's that you're talking about.. WP is way more established than the others, so its not fair to even put WP in that category.. .............. People need to understand one thing when it comes to iOS, Android, and then WP... It's not MS's focus to "break up the iDroid duopoly" or "beat" iDroid... That's the way these immature users view business, and I just doesn't benefit a company in MS's to sit around and focus on out doing iDroid in terms of market share, so wipe that from your mindset, because that's not MS's short term goal, nor may be their long term goal... MS is more concerned about doing things their way to please their customers, and making the most cohesive experience possible. This doesn't always command the largest audience, but it eventually leads to quality over quantity... That's the idea hear,, not to collect as much as you can from everywhere, rather get the best that you need... Just dispel the whole "competitive by numbers" "bigger is better" way of viewing WP's stance from your mind.. ............. Just like you stayed about the last 4 years I also said something similar below... There has been a lot of wasted time, but that is the past, and theirs just as much, way more, time left to move forward.. 4 years is nothing, and to say that iOS, and Android will be on top forever just sounds foolish, like some dude back in the 50's who couldn't foresee, Sony, or a Montgomery Ward TV set ever outselling a Zenith console.. Don't be that guy. Don't be naive... ................. The fact is that now MS has made WP top priority, and things are happening. To understand how much is going on in the WP world you'd probably have to be a fan, and keep up with WP on a good site like WPCentral... Trust me, there's a lot that you don't have a clue about, and there's nothing wrong with that... But, just take it from millions of WP fans that the platform is here to stay whether the market share is at 5%, or 50%... WP to MS is just another extension for MS to distribute its many services (that actually make money) to as many users as possible, and considering that mobile is where it's at MS has no interest, and could not afford, to give up on WP anytime soon.... That's your guarantee that it wont fail... Just think further than 2014....

24. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This is what happens when you type fast, and don't proof read........

31. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

hey , i dont really care about that shiity apps from android . Thats OS working bad even with octacore . I need a great built of a phone nice design, durable , great camera and no lag no froze no restarts . SO go and cry to other table !

32. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

It is annoying hearing Android fans make the same negative comments about WP, but let's set that aside for a minute... .............. Store associates are going to push app support on consumers, and consumers already have faith in Android, and enjoy their Android devices... The fact is that no OS is perfect, and Android users see that their devices are overall good despite negative things that might be said about Android... Sound familiar?... IOW, the good outweighs the bad, heavily!! Just as with WP..... .................. So, how does the average consumer choose WP over iDroid? None of the negative things WP fans think about Android really matter to the average consumer, and with 80% of the market that's seriously obvious......... MARKETING!.... Screw everything else! Mindshare, popularity, belonging!!.. That's what the average consumer needs to be comfortable making a purchase....... I could give a flip about how popular WP is, personally, but the only way MS, and WP fans, will overcome the negative comments, and reviews about WP, the lack of respect from store associates, the lack of developers support, and unawareness of WP is to finally put the platform front and center in the publics face.. Quit hiding WP from consumers! Because, if consumers see MS brag about WP, as Apple does about iOS, they will believe it!.. If it's everywhere, and people are talking about it because its everywhere then it must be good, right??... Not necessarily, but that's what people go for... That's just the way it is..... ............... So, if you think someone is trolling on WP then do yourself, and the platform a favor... Ignore trolls, and take your frustration out on MS, and their consistent lack of letting EVERYONE know about how great WP really is... Heck, go to the WP users voice site and make a request for better awareness, and marketing, of the platform.... Blame MS, because the average consumer simply just doesn't know any better, and that's MS's fault! .................... Search for: WP user voice.com

34. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

i never come to droid articles to post comment , because i dont care about .. so hope all samasugi fans dont come to troll on here ... btches

42. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Well, we can't change ignorance, and immaturity, but we can completely ignore it so that it doesn't have anything to feed off of..

40. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Please join us in 2014....leave 2008 - 2010 alone. Thanks.

17. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

The Android/iOS editors are actually being like the Android haters and are bashing the OS, that is sad and pathetic. WP flat UI is a trendsetter Android and iOS based their design language on WP UI not more Skeuomorphism. Some people are just not mature enough to give credit where credit is due.

22. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

I stated this a few days ago.. It seems as though PA are trolls themselves.. .......... To bring up Kin in 2014... Pathetic.

41. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I do believe they have also bought up some massive failures by Apple...the Newton for one. I might be wrong tho.

38. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

"WP flat UI is a trendsetter Android and iOS based their design language on WP UI not more Skeuomorphism. Some people are just not mature enough to give credit where credit is due." Seeing as how both Android and iOS does a mix of it.....why should so much credit be given to WP? How can you have a floating app feature of a total flat UI (Android). They both do a mix of the old and new. How about giving Web OS credit for Android's design change from Honeycomb to the present? And last time I checked...Honeycomb came out right after WP launched...but Google hired a former Web OS guy back in May 2010.....just saying. WebOS 2.0 was also going to the flat design....and that was in development before WP launched....talking about giving credit where its due... What ppl should pay attention to is how MS failed to capitalize on the trends iOS and Android set. How it took MS too long to capitalize on the trend the iPhone set. Win Mo was out long before the iPhone....how in the world could you not respond faster to the iPhone? Or how could you basically laugh off the iPhone as being a joke? MS deserves the state they're in with their mobile phone...BB too. BB's only silver lining is security and govt, enterprise, corporate contracts.

29. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"It is a pathetic OS. They got plenty of time to develop it. By now they should have realized that they can't compete with Android and iOS. I believe Microsoft is now in a dead-end." Well said. Windows Phone is incredibly far behind where a company with Microsoft's resources should have been able to get it to. The WP architecture is broken by design as it is closed and sterile, under full control of Microsoft. There is little to no developer interest in this sort of closed and unfriendly type of device. Without constant infusions of Microsoft cash, WP would basically just die on the vine. There's no profits coming in from it, just losses. Microsoft could be the low cost Android producer, because of their patents, and how all Android device makers pay them royalties. They should go full blast and get the Nokia people to make some great Android phones. Microsoft mobile will start making money and doing right by their shareholders. Obviously Microsoft should do this before all the good Nokia people leave for better companies.

30. AMRooke

Posts: 4; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

The article refers to the problems with slow developer support (this instance from Twitter), a problem which MS is working to resolve. The OS itself is powerful, intuitive, and gaining traction (slowest growth in the US where the carriers have been a major hurdle). They are competing with iOS and Android, but the battle will be long (luckily MS has deep pockets for the long run). This is definitely not a dead-end, Apple and Google have been making changes to their products in response to their concerns of WP growth.

33. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

This is true!

14. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

MS has only began to take WP seriously serious in the past two years... Before that they drug their feet with WP7.X.... ............... Although MS is doing a great job putting WP first priority now, they did make some stupid decision by not taking mobile serious 4-5 years ago... WP is a great product, getting better, and even surpassing the competition in some areas, so I wouldn't worry to much about it's fate... It's obviously here to stay just as well as the others are.... ................ Nevertheless, MS has poor marketing skills, and that has lead to the bulk of WP's issues...

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

i wouldn't say drug their feet. They were doing things their way. WP7 paved the way for what people liked, didn't like, got the phone in peoples hands etc. Just like droid 1.x did. Their OS worked great on low end hardware, they got that down pat right now. To the point the Kinect sensor is technically capable of running on the 521, yes this is direct from an MS employee at our job site today talking about the 635 and some up coming phones. Android did the opposite, forcing OEM's to adopt higher specs because of OS issues. Apple well they are their own world. Right now we are seeing the reverse. The 1525 with its quadhd screen, 32gb, snap801 6in display shows that they are putting a lightweight phone without any issues on big hardware. Where droid faced with KitKat, was a big OS trying to run on low end hardware. Seeing the 635, a 99$ phone next to the prism or other cheap droid, there is no contest. The simple sdcard ability rules the day, not to mention cortana etc etc etc. MS will start to focus on non-carrier phones, again straight from the mouth. The days of 930/icon, 920/925/928, random names for the same devices are over. When you see an s5, you call it the s5 from Verizon to prepaid. Not so for past WP's, this will change.

28. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

No!!! They drug there feet! No doubt about it.... ........... No copy and past out of the box? Critical enterprise support missing? Lack of API's for modern apps? Separate volume controls? Horrible marketing? Bad prioritization? Weak urgency? ...... MS did not take WP as serious as they should've for years, and we all know it... Now, the things you mentioned are the new MS, and like I said they have been doing an excellent job, except in marketing, since WP8, and the whole idea to merge WP, and W8 is great!!... Yes, now that we can see with WP8.1 that MS is serious we can't say that they are dragging their feet, and the future is well lit... But, MS wasted years fooling around... ........... Not to be repetitive, like these trolls, because I know that doesn't really matter now, but it is a major reason why WP is where it is.... Now, if you ask me WP is doing fine.. The apps are fine, could be better, but are fine for the average consumer... The OS is feature rich for the average consumer, and the hardware is more than enough for the average consumer..... ..................... Now, its time for MS to seriously, like hundreds of millions of $$ serious, invest in the biggest marketing efforts ever in the companies history... Because, if they could get that right then it would all be history...

36. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Plus 10 to this. MS didnt take the iPhone or Android seriously...and it hurt them dearly. MS had a shot with the HD2...but somehow decided to just ignore that path and go for the WP look. Look at the HD2 and early Android....MS had their chance and missed it. Not saying they are done....but the clock is ticking....

43. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

Lol!! The clock is ticking as in we only have several hundred thousands of years of technology left to pursue?.... .............. Change your thinking...... .............. Where are those television companies that were there the first 20 years 70 years ago?.. Are they popular now?.... You don't think iDroid could end up like Zenith one day?.. If not then you're fooling yourself.... Times will most definitely change, so you start thinking about how early we actually are in the smartphone game, and then think if theirs still time to catch on... Because, if Google gained 100% of the smartphone market today that doesn't guarantee them that market share for eternity... It's not nearing the end,,, it's just getting started.... Use some perspective...

37. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I agree with some of this too. MS was smart to focus on low end hardware optimization from the beginning. We still have yet to see if Google really did better on the low end with Kit Kat. There are a few low emnd phones running Kit Kat but not enough to get a good idea. Another thing about low end hardware tho.....as time goes by....1GB ram becomes low end. 700+ ram becomes low end. 800x400 screen becomes low end. Eventually 720p will be considered low end. Or that crazy qHD resolution thats 900 something.

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