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Twitter for Windows Phone Gets Updated: Notifications, Finally!

Twitter for Windows Phone is one of those apps  that was available at launch, but it has seen very few updates over the past 2 years. The most important feature that was missing was notifications. In the latest update, the app finally received the ability to receive notifications.

Not only are notifications well implemented (they use a push notifications server vs. generic background agents), they are fast. Very fast. I see toasts almost instantaneously. The “other fixes” in this update seem to have made the app generally faster to refresh tweets, a common problem with all twitter clients on Windows Phone. If the app receives the ability to reply all on tweets, this may become my go-to twitter client on Windows Phone. That is huge, considering I had actually uninstalled the app from my phone because I had zero hope of it getting any meaningful updates!

Here are some screenshots of the settings added in this update, related to notifications. I also noticed they have added the ability to pin lists to the Start Screen and manage list membership, which I am not sure was possible before this update.

 

Twitter for Windows Phone Notifications Settings Screen

Twitter for Windows Phone Notifications Settings Screen

 

Twitter for Windows Phone Notifications Settings For Mentions

Twitter for Windows Phone Notifications Settings For Mentions

Twitter for Windows Phone Notifications Settings For Favorites

Twitter for Windows Phone Notifications Settings For Favorites

Twitter for Windows Phone Notifications Settings For Retweets

Twitter for Windows Phone Notifications Settings For Retweets

 

Twitter for Windows Phone Toast Notification

Twitter for Windows Phone Toast Notification

Twitter for Windows Phone - Pinning Lists to Start Screen

Twitter for Windows Phone – Pinning Lists to Start Screen

Twitter for Windows Phone - Manage List Membership

Twitter for Windows Phone – Manage List Membership

Don’t get me wrong. The app is not complete. Besides the reply-all feature that I mentioned above, there are some other features in apps like Rowi, Carbon and Mehdoh that I like to see in a twitter client, least of which is Tweet Marker support so read status of tweets is sync-ed across multiple apps and platforms. Regardless, I am now not ashamed to recommend Twitter for Windows Phone as a twitter client for the platform.

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Will Let you Turn Off Notifications from Specific Apps – Say Goodbye to Those Nasty AirPush Ads

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Day one of Google I/O 2012 has just ended and we’ve got some cool announcements including the Nexus 7 Tablet, Jelly Bean and Nexus Q. These new additions are currently heavily dominating Twitter and Facebook streams.

But in this midst of major announcements, there is a new feature in Jelly Bean that is not getting any attention — ability to mute notifications from specific apps!

Advertisements in the notification window has been always an annoying problem, especially Airpush advertisements, which has often sparked rage among Android users. Thankfully, Google has a plan with Jelly Bean to combat this nasty problem and that is by letting users turn off notifications for specific applications.

This feature is one of those several new features that were not announced in the live presentation, but have been left for Android users to find out themselves. Credits for discovering this handy feature goes to a Reddit user who found this option in application settings in an Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Emulator.

Update

Looks like Google has added another functionality to notifications. Starting from Jelly Bean, users will be able to long-press a notification to discover which application posted it. In my opinion, it is a really nifty feature to tackle obtrusive notification ads as users will now be able to know which particular application is behind all those ads and even uninstall them if needed.

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