Rowi gets updated for Windows Phone 8, gains impressive performance boost
The number of Twitter applications taking advantage of new features in Windows Phone 8 goes up almost every day it seems like. Today, Rowi gets an update that brings it to a level playing field with other apps like glƏƏk!, MeTweets and upcoming Twabbit. Observing the Windows Phone community the past few weeks you might notice a trend of each client having a loyal fan base.
So what can Rowi users look forward to in this new update? Read on, crouton.
Rowi has always been a nice Twitter client for Windows Phone and brings some new features for users on Windows Phone 8. If you’re rocking a Lumia 920 or HTC 8X you can look forward to now being able to:
- Bug fixes
- Support for all Windows Phone 8 screen resolutions
- Performance optimized for Windows Phone 8
- Voice commands like "rowi tweet" with support to translate voice to a tweet
- Support for new small and wide live tiles
Holy cow. They were not joking around about optimizing performance for Windows Phone 8. This thing is simply fast. From launching the application the first time to swiping left and right while interacting. It’s fluid and with no lag in the application that I could find.
Taking advantage of the voice commands was also a nifty little feature. All you need to do is say “Rowi...tweet”. You’re then launched into composing a tweet and you can do that by voice as well, however you can’t send the tweet by voice and will still need to physically send it.
I would have liked a few more features for their latest update. Maybe some sort of functionality that took advantage of updating the lockscreen, a neat trick that a lot of apps designed for Windows Phone 8 are taking advantage of these days. Another neat idea would be the ability to schedule tweets for later, something that MeTweets does.
All that being said, Rowi is another great option in a strong list of potential Twitter clients for you. Choice is a good thing so you should give Rowi a spin and see if it’s for you. You can download the full version for $1.49 (with Trial) or a lite version. Grab the full version right here in the Marketplace and the lite version here or use the QR codes below (Lite on the left and full version on the right).
So, what’s your favorite Twitter client on Windows Phone 8 right now? Sound off below.
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That said, there are other Twitter apps with different tiles, so perhaps one of them is more suited to you. After all, the whole point of this endeavour is that Windows Phone is yours... do with it what you want. :)
Suggestion made on their uservoice site: http://rowiapp.uservoice.com/forums/100245-rowi-for-windows-phone/sugges...
We'll let the dust settle and see how everyone feels and make an appropriate decision on if we'll add a setting or not. We always get there through a combination of our own original thoughts and design decisions and community feedback. :)
If you want to have that be the default experience, fine. Who would begrudge them that? But you offer users the choice - especially the users that have been your loyal, paying customers.
If, as they admit now, "people are divided on the issue", then clearly you've made a good portion of your customers unhappy, even with what you think a minor cosmetic change. Which isn't really minor - since it fundamentally alters the asethetic of the start screen (black on black).
To put an icon on the lock screen your tile must be an "iconic" tile. The Iconic tile is pretty cool. It let's the count act like the message hub - be big and beautiful, with the animations. BUT, you can't use the Flip to put things on the other side, and that count must be visible - and they wanted to use their own logic to display mentions and dms seperately.
There's also a bug which makes it hard to change a released app from using a Standard Tile to using an Iconic Tile.
Edit: Just discovered that Peregrine does exactly what I want, AND it fits the same amount of tweets in less space than Twabbit (because Peregrine's pivot menus are much larger). Twabbit has better features and is a little nicer looking, but I might be switching twitter apps for the millionth time since I got a WP7 device.
I also like the easy setup for your screens. Very quick and simple to add anything you would want. Very nice :-)
This is the only reason I don't use them. The tweet content looks "cramped" with available space on the right but it gets unused. My favorite is still Mehdoh (waiting WP8 update) but I have tried (and will keep trying) every new version of the main clients.
I'm going to try it right now.
For the tile issue, try marking a tweet as read or unread manually if it gets stuck like that.