magnify beta

We’ve been covering Magnify Beta (formerly FlipMag) and myTube for quite some time. Today both those apps are picking up some nice updates that you’ll want to check out. While the update for myTube isn’t that big, we do have some exciting features about the future of the app on Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1 that you’ll want to hear about. Let’s see what’s happening with this RSS Reader and third-party YouTube client.

Magnify Beta

Head into the Windows Phone Store and you’ll find version 3.1.1.0 of Magnify Beta sitting there. This update introduces and fixes the following:

  • Added optional sync and backup with Feedly.
  • Transparent tiles for WP 8.1
  • Better support for adding wide range of custom feeds.
  • Reorganized Settings page.
  • Misc. bug fixes.

Fans who use Feedly will be very pleased with the latest Magnify Beta update. Of course transparent Live tiles ensure that this app will find a place on your Start screen if you’re rocking Windows Phone 8.1.

Download Magnify Beta from the Windows Phone Store.

QR: Magnify Beta

myTube

One of our favorite YouTube apps on Windows Phone has been updated to version 1.5.1.0. This isn’t a big update for myTube, but we’ve got some exciting news after the changelog. Here’s what you get in this version:

  • Transparent Live tile for Windows Phone 8.1
  • Small change to comment loading

We’ve anxiously been waiting for the transparent Live tile option for myTube and now it’s here. You’ll need to click ‘pin static tile’ in the settings and you’ll then select transparent. The comments also been change slightly in order to load faster and more reliably. Cool stuff, but now we’re going to tell you about the future of myTube.

We’ve teased a Windows 8.1 version of myTube for quite some time. However myTube developer Christopher Blackman (@Ryken100) is also working on a Windows Phone 8.1 version of the app. It’ll be a Universal Windows app when it comes out. It’ll share everything with the Windows 8.1 version of the app, including pages. The pages on the phone will have the same layout you get when you snap the app to the side of your screen on Windows 8.1.

He’s having to rebuild the entire app in WinRT since Windows Phone 8.1 no longer supports background audio in Silverlight. WinRT has some issues when using ScrollViewers, meaning the custom panorama Christopher built for myTube on Windows Phone will no longer work. Which means we’re probably going to be getting a new UI when the apps roll out this summer. Either way, we can’t wait to get myTube for Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 8.1.

Download myTube from the Windows Phone Store.

Thanks for the tips everyone! 

QR: myTube