Twitter for BlackBerry has had an incredible impact on the growth of Twitter and while there are some great third party apps out there, it’s hard to have the same impact as a first party app. The official Twitter app is pretty decent BlackBerry app but it still needs a lot of work. Since we first reviewed the official Twitter app, not that much has changed in terms of core features. With this new version, we’re seeing a new icon but again, it’s lacking some killer features. The update seems more graphics-related.
Download Twitter for BlackBerry version 126.96.36.199 OTA at this link. Make sure that if you are trying to download the app, you have to be logged in to an official version of Twitter for BlackBerry before downloading, otherwise you’ll be asked for a keycode. Also, remember that this leak is only for OS 6 devices.
UPDATE: RIM let us know that this is now available in the Beta Zone. Version 1.1 of Twitter for BlackBerry features the following updates:
- @mention Push Notifications – Users are now alerted with push notifications to the ribbon when they have @mentions, helping users quickly reply to @mentions
- Direct Messages – Renamed “Messages,” direct messages are now threaded in the style of BBM conversations. Related messages are grouped together, making the direct message area less cluttered
- #Topic Autocomplete – When users include a hashtag in their tweet, a dropdown list of key words will be presented based on previously used #topics
- Social Feeds Integration – Deeper integration with Social Feeds allows users to perform Twitter actions right from Social Feeds, without launching the app
- Retweet Updates – Retweets now appear in the Home timeline with a tag of “retweeted by you,” quickly alerting users that a retweet has been sent
- New Gesture Support – BlackBerry smartphone users with a touch screen device can now refresh page content by simply dragging a finger down the device screen and releasing it
- Additional language support – New languages supported include Polish and Czech
These updates are pretty basic and add a little bit more basic functionality to the app. I guess when your app has been downloaded 10 million times, you’re looking for updates that serve a greater user population than just the hardcore users (multiple account support please).