Plume and Falcon Pro For Twitter Get Updated; Bug-Fixes Galore

LevelUp Studio has released a major update to Plume today that bumps the version number to 5. The update brings with it new re-designed widgets, Facebook timeline support for the widgets, new Profile viewer, improved scrolling performance, stability and bug-fixes. The update also includes changes needed for Plume to support the new Twitter API v1.1.

– add support for columns for a single account (app and widgets)
– refresh the look of the widgets
– add support for Facebook in the widgets
– display the Twitter profile banner
– propose to resend a tweet when a picture upload fails
– smoother scrolling
– handle URL redirection on wifi hotspots that require a login
– add support for Twitter API 1.1 (off by default)
– fix issues with the Pull To Refresh
– fix issues with the picture cache
– fix issues with the event logger

While the update does make Plume more bearable to use, the app is still nowhere close to Falcon Pro or Carbon for Android in looks. The default theme is a complete mess with multiple colors making the app look like it has been designed by a kid. The dark theme is much better, and is my go-to choice. While Carbon and Falcon Pro definitely look much better than Plume, the latter absolutely trumps the former(s) in terms of features.

Falcon Pro, the current favorite Twitter app of the Android community, also got a bug-fixing update. The developer has also added subtle animations to the app, probably inspired from Carbon for Twitter.

The bug-fixes include improved timeline position handling, fixed rotated images on Sony/Samsung devices, and brings an option to load inline images on timeline on 2G/EDGE connections.

 New option to get inline previews on 2G/EDGE
– New live streaming stays on top of the TL
– New screen transition animations
– New error dropdown when API limit reached
– Improved position holding
– Fixed rotated pics on Samsung/Sony devices
– Fixed auto refresh stopped on reboot
– Fixed tweetmarker
– Fixed in & out sharing

The update is already live in Play Store and can be downloaded from here.

Skype For Android Update Brings Tablet Optimized Layout; Plume Update Brings Lockscreen Widgets

Last night, the official Skype application for Android was updated to v3.0 that brings about a new layout optimized for Android tablets. The application now features a new layout optimized for 7″ and 10″ Android tablets. Sadly, the updated version of the app will only work in landscape mode on all tablets.

The new update also includes some other changes include an improved audio quality thanks to the use of Skype’s wideband audio codec – SILK. Lastly, the update also adds the ability to sign in to Skype via Microsoft account. The update is already live in the Play Store and can be downloaded from here.

Plume, one of the most popular Twitter clients for Android, also got a bug-squashing update today. Apart from fixing a bunch of bugs and issues, the update brings lock screen widgets for all Android 4.2 users.


Below is the full change-log of the update -:

– add a lockscreen widget on Android 4.2
– fix the widget context on Android 4.2
– fix the display of the DM recipient
– fix Facebook timeline not updating in some case
– fix unread list item appearing multiple times
– improve the picture cache coherence
– make Halloween notification sound available all the time

The latest version of Plume can be downloaded from here.


Firefox for Android, Plume and ASTRO Get Major Updates

Over the last 24 hours, quite a few popular Android apps have received major updates. Firstly, Mozilla has released a major update for the tablet edition of Firefox browser, aimed at improving the speed and overall fit and finish of the browser. The speed enhancements in the latest version is visible right from the reduced start-up time to the reduced loading and navigating web pages time.

The latest version also brings robust support for HTML5 capabilities allowing developers to create rich web apps based on HTML5, CSS, JavaScript and other open Web standards. The tablet version of the browser also supports Flash on devices that are running Honeycomb.

Second in the list is LevelUp Studio’s popular Twitter client, Plume. The application recently got a major new UI refresh with a Holo based theme, but LevelUp Studio has further tweaked the UI of the app in the latest update. The latest update brings a new fly-in menu, some layout optimisations for the Nexus 7, and a much faster performance overall. Slowly and steadily, Plume has become the go-to Twitter client in the Android ecosystem.

Last, but not the least is a popular File Manager app for Android, ASTRO.The application has been updated after ages from its developers, Metago, and now features a drop-dead gorgeous UI. As of now, the latest version is only for Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean users, but the developer has promised to release the new update for older versions of Android as well.

Light Flow and Plume For Android Receive Updates; Makes Them Infinitely More Beautiful

Back in 2011, it looked like LED notification light on Android phones are on the verge of extinction with nearly every handset maker giving it the boot. Thankfully, Google re-introduced the Notification LED in a very beautiful way on the Galaxy Nexus, and since then every high-end Android phone comes with one, including the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III.

If you have already owned an Android handset in the past with a notification LED, chances are you must have heard about Light Flow. Light Flow is a must have application if your phone has a notification LED. The application allows users to customize the notification LED according to a specific contact or application making the LED insanely useful. The only problem with Light Flow was its ugly UI. The app is the perfect example of why Android apps are criticized for their UI. Thankfully, last night Light Flow received a major update to v3.0 which brings a totally new and overhauled UI.

The application now follows the Ice Cream Sandwich Holo design principles, and looks infinitely more beautiful than the previous version. If your phone has a LED notification light and you have not tried Light Flow, go ahead and try it now!

Apart from Light Flow, another popular Twitter client for Android – Plume – received a major update. Plume got an UI update nearly a month-and-half ago, but even then the application lacked that wow feel. The UI still felt clunky, and nothing to die for.

However, the new update replaces the old icons with new Ice Cream Sandwich based icons and tweaks the UI slightly, giving Plume’s UI the much-needed wow effect. The new update also contains a lot of new features including Facebook support, ability to share profiles via NFC and more.

Head over to Google Play to download the new update for Plume.