After the initial release, BlackBird quickly became one of the top Twitter clients on the BlackBerry PlayBook. Only issue, it was missing some key ingredients.. Well now after a few nice updates GENOA has bumped the bird up to v1.3.0 and added all the goods of a great Twitter client!
NEW Features in version 1.3
• New options for retweeting
• Url shortening
• Qucick access user profile
• Full BlackBerry PlayBook App • Quick access • Easily read your timeline and single tweets • Multiple account support • Write and post your tweets and replies • Retweet and mark as favorite • View profiles • Search • Mentions • Trends • Direct Messages • Design by Austrian multiple award winners • Picture / Video Upload • Full user profile view • Pinless authentication • Preview of pics • Add URLs
When I first picked up BlackBird I didn’t realize all the basic features wouldn’t be there yet. Such as Direct Messaging, Picture uploads and others. But I did notice that the client had a very nice baseline. The structure while simple was also easy to navigate and moved through options swiftly. At the time with key options missing I figured it was best to set it aside and let the Developers finish what they were working towards before giving my 2-cents on the experience.
Fast forward about 2 months later to today, and BlackBird v1.3 is a sweet Twitter client for your BlackBerry PlayBook. Priced at a very reasonable $2.00 it’s nice that most of the apps on PlayBook are in this same class. Set-up is a breeze. You have the ability to add multiple accounts right off. So for users out there who have 2-3 Twitter accounts to tend to, this app will get you sorted. To toggle accounts just head down to the Profiles item option, and select the account you want to log in to.
Uploading images will post to TwitPic and you will have to go to the link in your browser to preview it. I would like to see the images in the app as well in the future. There is all Video uploads listed as a feature but I haven’t found a video that will show to attach yet. While composing a tweet you can attach an image and/or choose to shorten the url. The tweet will post immediately and entire process is pretty seamless. Viewing the timeline you can hit a refresh button centered in the bottom of your screen. In the settings users can set the threshold of your auto refresh from 1 minute to every 60 minutes. Going into the Direct Messages option will automatically show your incoming DM’s. At the bottom is the option to toggle between sent & received messages.
Other features include Lists: your created lists, lists following you and lists your following. Search will let you search anything from hash-tags to people and topics. Trends show the Trending Topics around the world and are selectable. Favorites are your favorited tweets. And that’s about the gist of it.
My final thoughts first are that GENOA has surely put a lot into updating the features. The UI is simple and could use a bit of attention in my opinion. The initial Timeline and Compose screens are a tad small and plain for my tastes. I really like the structure and the BlackBird logo’s. All in all it’s well worth your pocket change!