What? "Birdsong is still alive" you say? It seems the team at Red Badger have been busy pumping life into the old girl, who has been dormant since she was updated to Mango. We last spoke of Birdsong, the then-popular Windows Phone Twitter client, when the team announced that intern Joe Stanton would be tasked with bringing the app back up to speed with the competition. So what's new in upcoming 1.7?
The team has introduced a new trends feature, which is now accessible from the main app bar and provides convenient access to Twitter trending data for users. The feature calculates your location and displays nearest trending topics with the option to view what's trending in a specific city, nationwide, or on a global scale.
Search functionality has been revamped and is now more intuitive with the main search view retrieving saved searches automatically. Upon executing a search via Birdsong, the app now searches both tweets and accounts simultaneously. The app makes use of the Twitter API for searching, so any saved searches created / manipulated on the app will be reflected on the website and other apps that make use of the same functionality.
As well as a search revamp and trending topics, Birdsong now supports both photos tweeted using Twitter's in-house hosting service and gzip. Previously, any image hosted with Twitter would show it as a link which could not be selected, but now all photos are loaded correctly depending on user settings. For gzip support, this solves the login issue many experience when attempting to connect their Twitter account to the app on first launch.
There are two bug fixes in 1.7, the first being the above implemented gzip support. Twitter altered their authentication API to always return a gzip response, which resulted in Birdsong not being able to process authenticated responses. The second bug fix is for errors with user profiles where the app was making unauthenticated requests, causing the user to hit brick walls with limits being applied by the social network.
Unfortunately, we couldn't see any mention of the live tile / push service functionality in the change log. Many have been reporting issues with manipulating the settings for said features in Birdsong, where the app would throw a failure message when one attempted to simply enable the service. We hope these known issues will be fixed in a future update, which wont take as long to publish.
Source: Red Badger; Thanks, Kyle, for the tip!
Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.
I don't think any twitter client will take me away from carbon now unless they become to obsessed with the android/iOS(?) versions and forget to update the WP one.
Yeah. I bought Carbon after waiting for months for these guys to update and can't really recommend Birdsong anymore.
The fact that the main screen from Birdsong is a pivot containing your own search lists, is still a deal breaker for me! No other twitter client on wp7 can match this, or I'm unaware of it! So thanks RedBadger
In the time that Birdsong 1.7 took to arrive Carbon has turned into a really good client, Mehdoh has shipped version 2 (which is excellent), and gleek! in my opinion has stolen the crown (the colour-coding and live tile options set it apart). But I've paid for Birdsong and will look forward to giving the update a try - it remains a very good client.
Has the bug where it will reload the whole feed, mention and message + making duplicates in the DM section fixed yet ? That's the part that made me quit Birdsong
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