Twitter finally updates its Windows Phone app after seven months

Twitter has silently updated its Windows Phone app to now include in-line images and this is the first update for the app since November 2013. While it was starting to seem like Twitter had all but abandoned its Windows Phone app, this update provides a sliver of hope that the company will soon add more features to the Windows Phone version of its official client. 

Also new in the update is the ability to reply, favorite and retweet from your timeline and multiple image support is now included in the app. Sadly, gif support is not included in this update and there is also a gigantic header at the top of the feed that seems oversized for no apparent reason.

You can download the Twitter app from the Windows Phone Store right now using the link at the bottom of this post or search for Twitter in the Store.

Because of Twitter's token limit on third-party applications, developers have been hesitant to build apps for the service as they know they have a limited life-cycle. Because of this, the official Twitter client is the only app that is guaranteed to work without these restrictions.

While we hope that many more updates will come for the Windows Phone client to bring it closer in feature parity to iOS and Android, today's small update is nonetheless a welcome addition to an app that has been stagnant for over 7 months.

Download: Twitter for Windows Phone 

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It's still missing the world cup live scores and forces you to pull down to get updates when connected to wifi other than that what more do you want? Buffer support?

Maybe they'll get around to fixing the Windows Store version now. It has never given me a single notification or done a tile update.

Eric said,
Maybe they'll get around to fixing the Windows Store version now. It has never given me a single notification or done a tile update.

Works for me but it's slow.

I don't know what to say to this. Um, thanks? This really shows your dedication to this platform. To be honest, I am waiting for Tweetium (the beloved Win8* Twitter app), to make its way to Windows Phone. Third party Twitter developers like B-side Software - are the real Twitter.

By the way, why limit third-party devs with token system when you have no interest in Windows platform?

Cyborg_X said,
Doesn't integrate into contacts like the Twitter beta on WP8.1 dev.

Not that surprising since the beta is a bit newer, 3.2.2.0 vs 3.2.0.0 for the official one.

I love the Windows 8.1 version, but yeah the phone version is MILES ahead. I really hope they make it into a universal app soon because it hasn't been updated in agesssss.

j2006 said,
I love the Windows 8.1 version, but yeah the phone version is MILES ahead. I really hope they make it into a universal app soon because it hasn't been updated in agesssss.

How can you love it? The main thing that pisses me off is no in-line images. Can't make people's profile pictures bigger either. Oh and videos won't play in the app. I could go on forever here...

Meh. I can live with that. It annoys me more that it's not even compiled for 8.1 and takes 45-60 seconds to load. That's worse than any other Windows 8.x app I've ever used.

Does no one else have the Twitter Beta app? It had all this for a while now but its good to see they have pushed the older version out to all. Live is 3.2.0.0 but beta is 3.2.2.0

The Twitter Beta app was pulled or hidden from the Store, so no one can get it now. You might have been a lucky one to get it while it was visible.

j2006 said,
The Twitter Beta app was pulled or hidden from the Store, so no one can get it now. You might have been a lucky one to get it while it was visible.

Yeah, also I think the beta was just for 8.1 users and not 8.0?

Can you add or remove people from lists yet? Or block/unblock/mute people yet?

Are they going to update their Windows 8 app?

Twitter is HUGE and even they're hardly supporting WP. It's not like WP hasn't had enough time. Why bother waiting to see if WP picks up? Time to jump back to Android/iOS.

Elliot B. said,
Twitter is HUGE and even they're hardly supporting WP. It's not like WP hasn't had enough time. Why bother waiting to see if WP picks up? Time to jump back to Android/iOS.

Can we Have a single thread where WP is not bashed?

If you've been keeping up with the last few weeks on WP-centric sites... there have been hundreds of big name official apps jumping on board now in the Store. Just because one company hasn't updated their app in a while doesn't mean it's time to jump ship.

Elliot B. said,
Twitter is HUGE and even they're hardly supporting WP. It's not like WP hasn't had enough time. Why bother waiting to see if WP picks up? Time to jump back to Android/iOS.

Jump back? Wasn't aware you were with us to begin with.

Any advantage for 8.1 users? At least twitter still works in the people hub without loading that annoying app like on facebook

-adrian- said,
Any advantage for 8.1 users? At least twitter still works in the people hub without loading that annoying app like on facebook

I think 8.1 users have a bit newer version than this one, the twitter beta for 8.1 is v3.2.2.0, I think this one now is just 3.2.0.0?

-adrian- said,
the beta version was just shortly public and is not available anymore

That's true but it was out long enough that I think quite a few users grabbed it.

the Facebook app is terrible. one of my favourite things about Windows Phone was the People hub, being able to view and reply to updates and photos without waiting for an app to load.

I understand it's conventional for WP apps to have big headers, but I think those top tabs can just be a little bit slimmer.

It's not really conventional... If you look at FB Beta... those icons are reasonably sized. Not sure why Twitter made them even bigger than before. Still a nice update though!

The sad part is 3rd party stuff is so much better. Why twitter remains relevant even as they basically have a google-like mentality to play favorites, punish their users if they stray from their pre-defined path, and wage war on developers is sad. Sadder still that twitter is THE name in social unlike google which make me think twitter won't change unless somebody challenges them. Clearly FB lacks what it takes, google flopped at it, and seems we'll have to live with twitter's policies.

It seems it also adds Cortana support even though that's not mentioned (or at least Twitter is now included in the "What can I do" section, I haven't tried it myself.)


My big problem though is that with all of the new reply/retweet/favorite buttons in the timeline, you now see even LESS content at a time. At the smallest font setting, you only get around 3 - 3.5 tweets on screen at a time.

I also hate how you don't get any explanation of those "icons". Just like on Rudys programs like 6sec when you can flip the images and there are just some random icons .. or on 6snap sending a picture where it clearly has a bottom bar there to put the functionality and explain stuff

That grey gradient below the navigation bar was disgusting. I doubt many people will care, but that annoyed the hell out of me.

Still no GIF support, sadly, but everything else is pretty much on par with the iOS and Android apps now. Great update; hopefully the Windows app gets similar support soon.