Twitter recently stopped supporting “basic authentication,” which requires that you provide a Twitter username and password to the Twitter API every time you log in. Instead, Twitter will use Oauth, an authentication protocol that allows users to approve applications to act on their behalf without sharing their password each time.
Instead, clients are required to send a password to Twitter just once. Twitter then sends back a “token,” which the client will use for any future access. So, If you are having trouble accessing your Twitter account, you may need to upgrade your Twitter client or try a new one.
I did just that. PostUp, Inc. recently upgraded its Twitter application Twidroyd to version 4.0.0. I downloaded the free version from the Android market, input my username and password and logged in.
The first thing you notice about Twidroyd is the clean layout with the tweets running vertically and 5 navigation buttons on the bottom. (See graphic below, L-R) Home button, mentions, direct messages, search, and settings menu. I hadn’t used any previous version of Twidroyd prior to v4 yet I felt completely comfortable using Twidroyd from the very first launch of the app. I can’t think of a better compliment I can give to an app than that.
If that isn’t enough, I haven’t even mentioned the most intriguing feature on PostUps most recent release, LivePreview™ — which shows you previews of media and weblinks of any Tweet when you rotate your phone into a landscape orientation. For a complete list of new features in V4.0.0, see the PostUp release notes at the end of this story.
It’s a transformative mobile Twitter experience to be able to see web previews from embedded Tweet links without having to leave the app. After working with the app for a few hours I returned to the Android market and purchased the $3.99 pro version of the app. (See graphic below)
The pro version of Twidroyd adds full-featured Twitter list support, multi-account support (both merged and single view), three desktop widgets, native bit.ly support, Tweet outbox (send offline), color themes, dark pro application icon, optional shake phone to refresh feature and integrated buzz viewer, courtesy of Twittershpere.
You owe it to yourself to give Twidroyd a try. Go to the Android market and download the free version and see if it’s a good fit for you. It worked great for me, I was happy to buy the Pro version and support the apps developers.
Twidroyd Pro is not only my preferred Twitter client on Android, but my favorite mobile twitter client period.
10-09-21 / 4.0.0:
new: LivePreview™ (rotate to landscape to activate) for super fast discovery of links and media
new: inline preview for plixi and twitpic images in the timeline
new: unified grid menu for all additional features via more button
new: header toolbar that incorporates new & refresh
new: simplified settings page with a lot more structure
new: color codes for mentions/RTs in the timeline
new: new profile layout