Official Twitter app for Windows Phone finally gets Notifications in latest update

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The offiical Twitter app's new Toast push-notification in action

If there was one nagging issue with the official Twitter app for Windows Phone, it was the inability to get Toast notifications for new mentions or re-Tweets. Even after receiving a new update just 3 weeks ago, there was still no sign of any of these advanced features.

So we were a tiny bit flabbergasted to actually see a new notification section in the latest update, version 1.2.4555.39631 (or just v1.5 in the Marketplace) which just went live tonight. The updated Notification area has the following options

  • Mentions - Off, From people you follow, From anyone
  • Favorited Off, From people you follow, From anyone
  • retweetsOff, From people you follow, From anyone
  • Direct messages
  • New followers

That's actually a fairly robust selection of possible notifications for Twitter these days and yes, they are the Push type i.e. nearly instant. What's more, while there is seemingly no Live Tile counter, the Tiles does flip to show you new mentions or notifications in addition to the Toast alerts (which work quite fast from our experience).

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While there is no counter, the Live Tile flips to show mentions

While it may have taken nearly two years to get this feature on Twitter, we are just going to sit in awe now and enjoy what we have.

Pick up the official Twitter app (v1.5) for Windows Phone now in the Marketplace. Thanks, Osvaldo C., for the tip

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Reader comments

Official Twitter app for Windows Phone finally gets Notifications in latest update


Lets hope so. Metro Twit is so far the best available. Rowi, tweetro and flip toast have a ways to go. It would be nice to see official social media apps with win 8.

I've never gotten a twitter app cause of so many and none seemed to have all the desired features, so with this update, does it make this the best twitter app to have?

I prefer the real thing to 3rd party apps, but the previous version of Twitter stayed on 2 days on my phone. I maybe convinced to give it another try

This has to be the best week 4 my WindowsPhone! First the Tango Update pushed to my Nokia Lumia 900 (Thanks XDA) then RIM reports BB10 is delayed until Q1 2013 and now Twitter Official gets the ability for Toast Notifications in its app!!! I would say it was pretty good week for WPNation. :-)

Does any twitter app have a timeline counter on the live tile? That's the feature I am missing most.

Because I want to see if there's any timeline tweets that I missed, without having to open the application.  If it's something like 10 tweets, it's probably not worth it to me to open the app, but if there's like 50, then I'll probably open it up and scroll through.

I might use it again to try the notifications, but I really like and love using Mehdoh. It has great features like Save for later, instant image preview and multiple accounts.
Twitter should update all its apps and this kind of features. I still don't understand why they don't compete with third-party apps on all platforms.

As soon as it has large inline images like carbon or gleek I'll use it, un till then im keeping with gleek

Working for me. This is great :D i use the offical app for instant push notifications and carbon for my main app mainly because of the awesome inline images. The lack of tile counter is ridiculous though

Mine are working now but occasionally come in delayed! Still better than nothing :) and I also am only use them for the notification instead of text message updates

Love the new Twitter logo. But the push notification is still not instant. Would also prefer it to have tile counts for mentions.

The app also has a slight theme refresh with Twitter's new colours. The push notifications and live tile rock!!!!

Everyone should just use text message updates from twitter for mentions, retweets, and dm's. They come instant and you can easily go look at all of them in your inbox instead of missing the push notification and actually having to open the app.