Update 7:45 PM ET: As predicted, the beta app has now been unpublished from the Store
After the dust has settled with the Preview of Windows Phone 8.1, early adopters are noticing quite a few changes, some of which are causing some speed bumps. For instance, Twitter. The app works quite well on 8.1, but the ability to Share to the app has disappeared and it doesn’t fully leverage the capabilities of the 8.1 operating system.
The beta build of the app is circulating in an open beta, though it's sure to be closed now that it has leaked publicly. Regardless, here’s what to expect in Twitter for Windows Phone 8.1...
Twitter for Windows Phone 8.1 (build 22.214.171.124)
- ‘Share to’ fixed, allowing 3rd party apps to access Twitter for link sharing
- Photos Hub integration to see and access photos posted to Twitter
- Me Tile integration, where posting a status update will launch the Twitter compose window
- Mentions auto-scroll to latest mention with auto-refresh
- Performance improvements
Unfortunately, the Live Tile is not transparent, yet, though there’s still time before release where that can be added. There’s no word on when the next version of Twitter for Windows Phone 8.1 will go live, but this build looks pretty polished.
You can find the link to the Store for the beta here, though we imagine that the beta will go private once this news gets out. [App is no longer available]
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