Posts Tagged ‘native application’

What’s Next For TweetDeck? Vote On Hack Day Features

May 12th, 2011 05:08 admin View Comments

tweetdeck_logo150.jpgTwitter desktop client TweetDeck holds “Hack Days” that are opportunities for their developers to break their normal routines and create a new project. TweetDeck held a Hack Day May 11 and their programmers were hard at work creating some innovative new designs that have the opportunity to make it into production.

Entries included “Quick Send Tweet” that allows you to email tweets to yourself for later browsing, a Gmail notification box and a cool Android hack called “Tweet-As-You-Go” that uses a smartphone camera to view a live background on the compose tweet screen. Check out the entries after the jump and vote for them on TweetDeck’s blog.

TweetDeck Tweet As You Go.jpgTweetDeck was acquired by Twitter for $50 million earlier this month and the concern is that Twitter will either shutdown the service or stop integration of other platforms like Facebook and LinkedIn. Yet, if Twitter allows the developers it acquired through TweetDeck to continue to flex their imaginations, there could be some cool integrations coming to both TweetDeck and in the future. Check out the Hack Day entrants below.


Pictured right.

“Don’t stop tweeting, just because you are walking,” wrote Richard Barley, TweetDeck’s community manager in the Hack Day blog post. “You can see where you’re going thanks to the live camera-view background on the compose screen. Thanks to some accelerometer trickery, the camera view fades in as you start to walk and fades out when you stop, so you don’t even need to enable/disable it.”

Unicode Art

A compose-box for ChromeDeck that allows users to add smiley faces, upside-down text and more.

Native ChromeDeck

Built from the Chrome Tweetdeck codebase, it is a native application for Mac, Windows and Linux with Growl notifications. Expansion for

This one is probably never going to see the light of day, especially now that Twitter owns Tweetdeck. is the feature in TweetDeck that allows users to go over the 140-character limit with a link to a page that shows the full Tweet. Call me a traditionalist, but I think that Twitter would not be quite the same without the strict 140-character rule.

Gmail Notifications

A feature that has often been requested, according to Barley. See Gmail in your inbox column with a link that takes you to the Web.

Quick Send Tweet

I am not sure I would ever use this one, but it made it to the Hack Day highlights. It allows you to email tweets to yourself for offline browsing. The developer in the video says he uses it to see Tweets when he is on the subway.

Source: What’s Next For TweetDeck? Vote On Hack Day Features

Twitter Releases Redesigned Mobile Web App

May 11th, 2011 05:49 admin View Comments


Twitter has just rolled out a new version of their website for mobile devices. The redesigned mobile web app makes use of web technologies like HTML5, which is supported on devices like the iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch and Android based smartphones.

Twitter is initially rolling out the new version of their mobile web app to a small percentage of smartphone users.

Twitter explains the reason for releasing a new version of their mobile web app:

This web app allows us to provide a high-quality and consistent Twitter experience on high-end touchscreen devices – whether or not an official Twitter application is available. It was built from the ground up for smartphones and tablets, which have more advanced browsers that support the latest web technologies, including HTML5.

The app is fast – you can quickly scroll through your timeline, move between tabs and compose Tweets. It’s rich – it takes advantage of capabilities that high-end device browsers offer, such as touch gestures and a large screen. And it’s simple – it’s easy-to-use and has the features you’d expect from a Twitter application, including your timeline, @mentions, messages that you can read in conversation view, search, trending topics, lists, and more.

Twitter’s decision to build the mobile web app from ground up is intriguing when it already has a native application for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch in the App Store (iTunes link), which is very popular. We wonder if it has anything to do with the backlash directed at Twitter when it rolled out a new version of the Twitter app with QuickBar, which floated at the top of the Twitter timeline and displayed the latest trends, including promoted trends. Twitter was ultimately forced to remove it.

Twitter is probably looking at using the updated mobile web app as a easier way to experiment such changes to limited number of users and get feedback from them rather than exposing it to a larger user base like iOS device users.

If you want to check it out, you can point Mobile Safari browser to to see if you’ve access to the new web app and let us know if you prefer to use the web app or the native application.

Source: Twitter Releases Redesigned Mobile Web App

Android Gets A (Sort Of) Native Google Docs App

April 27th, 2011 04:33 admin View Comments

If you’re a heavy user of Google Docs and are sporting an Android device, Google has some very good news: it’s just launched a new ‘Docs’ application that gives you quicker access to your cloud-based collection of documents. You can download the free app right here.

Fire up the app and you’ll see a slick-looking interface that lets you jump to your documents, images, starred items, and collections (you can also use filters to toggle between all items in your account and just those that are ‘owned’ by you). There’s also a very nifty feature: take a snapshot of a document, and Google Docs can immediately turn it into a text document using OCR (the original photo is presented in the document as well).

The one quirky thing that I noticed is that when you go to edit a document, it looks like the native application actually loads the web-based Google Docs mobile editor that was launched in November. This means that the app requires an internet connection — you can’t edit documents where there’s no service and sync your changes later. Then again, given that one of the most compelling features of Google Docs is real-time collaboration with coworkers (which gets messy with offline syncing), this isn’t all that surprising.

Source: Android Gets A (Sort Of) Native Google Docs App

Google Takes Cloud Print Mobile. Well, Sort Of — PC Still Required

January 24th, 2011 01:42 admin View Comments

One of the more interesting things Google is working on that doesn’t get a lot of buzz is Cloud Print. The service aims to allow you to print anything from anywhere over the cloud. It’s a technology that is perfect for Chrome OS, which is trying to remove drivers from the equation. And it’s arguably more perfect for mobile devices. Today, Google is beginning to test Cloud Print for mobile.

As they outline on their mobile blog, today is the beta launch of Cloud Print for mobile documents and Gmail for mobile. As they note, “Imagine printing an important document from your smartphone on the way to work and finding the printout waiting for you when you walk in the door. Just open a document in Google Docs or an email in Gmail in your mobile browser and choose ‘Print’ from the dropdown menu in the top right corner.

That does sound awesome. And it’s really awesome that it works over Google’s websites rather than a native application (though it’s currently only enabled on Android 2.1+ and iOS 3+ devices). But there’s still one problem with this perfect ecosystem. The printer itself still has to be hooked up to and set up with a computer. And not just any computer, it has to be a Windows-based PC.

Google continues to promise that Mac and Linux support is coming. But even better would be printers with Cloud Print built in — just like Apple is beginning to do with Air Print.

Still, this move towards mobile integration is a welcome step.

Source: Google Takes Cloud Print Mobile. Well, Sort Of — PC Still Required

Google Latitude Finally Comes To The iPhone, Touts 9 Million Active Users

December 13th, 2010 12:13 admin View Comments

It seems that whenever there’s a discussion around mobile location services, Google Latitude is treated as an also-ran. Foursquare and Facebook Places have been getting most of the buzz, and there’s also plenty of news around SCVNGR and Gowalla. Latitude, which launched in February 2009, rarely make headlines.

But starting today, we’ll probably start hearing a bit more about Google’s location-based service. It’s just launched a full-featured, native application for the iPhone that includes support for background location monitoring — marking the first time that the application has been available for the iPhone in a form that wasn’t severely crippled. Note that this was spotted in Japan’s App Store a few days ago — obviously that was a mistake in the buildup to today’s launch.

Now, Google actually submitted a native Latitude application for iPhone last year, but Apple blocked it and told Google to make it a web application, supposedly to avoid confusion with the Maps app that ships with the iPhone. Of course, a few days later news broke that Apple had also blocked Google Voice, which likely indicates that this was part of an anti-Google trend as opposed to a one-off concern. Now it looks like those issues have been resolved (perhaps with the threat of government intervention).

In any case, even if Latitude had been accepted last year, it wouldn’t have been too exciting, because the iPhone didn’t allow applications to run in the background (that feature was added in iOS 4.0). With this release, Google writes that it has built the app “from the ground up using iOS 4’s new multitasking capability to support background updating”. Which means you’ll be able to turn it on, and let you automatically share your current location with friends as you go about your day.

There’s also a big stat in Google’s blog post: Latitude has more than 9 million people actively using the service across a variety of mobile platforms. To put that in perspective, Foursquare just passed 5 million users (thought it hasn’t said how many are active). I do wonder, though, how many people have set Latitude up and have it running in the background without actually using it to see where their friends are.

Even with the new iPhone application, there’s still the issue of whether people actually like the service. Latitude has a bigger ‘creepiness’ factor than check-in services like Foursquare, because you aren’t explicitly telling the application when to share your location with friends. Yes, you can control exactly what you want to share with each of your friends (you can set it to only share your current city, for example), but it obviously takes work to get everything working the way you want it, and there’s that nagging feeling that you might have messed something up.

That said, I think passive location tracking is the future, at least in some form. My hunch is that we’ll see services monitor your location throughout the day, but that instead of sharing it, it will detect whenever you’ve gone somewhere out of the ordinary, or are near friends, and then prompt you to share what you’re doing (essentially pushing suggested check-ins at you).

Source: Google Latitude Finally Comes To The iPhone, Touts 9 Million Active Users

Silverlight 5 — Back From the Dead?

December 5th, 2010 12:28 admin View Comments

Barence writes “When Microsoft executive Bob Muglia recently revealed that Microsoft saw HTML5 as the future for universal in-browser development while Silverlight was being repositioned as a native application development platform for Windows Phone 7 devices, most pundits saw this as an admission of defeat. Now Microsoft has released a beta of Silverlight 5, PC Pro’s Tom Arah asks if Microsoft has managed to bring Silverlight back from the dead. With a flurry of Android and Linux-based tablets, smartphones, set-top boxes and other devices set to arrive on the market, Arah argues that Silverlight’s time will come. ‘Crucially, they will also want to integrate their desktop (Windows) and their main applications (Office and other WPF-based applications). Thanks to its work on HTML5, WPF and especially Silverlight, Microsoft and its army of desktop developers will be well set to deliver,’ he argues.”

Source: Silverlight 5 — Back From the Dead?