Published On: Sun, Dec 15th, 2019

Chirp debuts a faster, feature-filled Twitter app for Apple Watch

Chirp, a Twitter customer elite by hundreds of thousands of Apple Watch users, is removing a biggest ascent given a attainment final year. Now redesigned for watchOS 6, a new chronicle of Chirp includes a rebuilt timeline underline that allows we to forever corkscrew by tweets most some-more fast than before, along with other enhancements, like support for iOS 13’s dim mode and a approach to supplement colors to your Twitter username.

The app was initial introduced to fill a blank combined when Twitter pulled a possess Apple Watch app behind in 2017 in preference of regulating Apple Watch’s notifications height instead.

Chirp, meanwhile, lets users entrance a genuine Twitter customer from their Watch’s tiny screen, that enclosed a approach to perspective your Home Timeline, Twitter Trends, @ Mentions, Direct Messages and more. Some facilities — like a ability to Direct Message or harmonise tweets from your Apple Watch — are usually accessible to Chirp Pro profitable users, though.

Chirp Pro is a user-friendly “pay what we want” underline that lets we chip in during possibly $4.99, $5.99 or $7.99 to ascent a app and doesn’t need a subscription. To date, Chirp has around 200,000 installs, according to information from Sensor Tower. Conversions are most smaller.

The new version, Chirp 2.0, hopes to inspire some-more upgrades as it enhances a Twitter-on-your-wrist knowledge with a redesigned timeline that forever scrolls faster and some-more reliably than before, and includes an softened video player, picture grids and more.

“The impulse for rewriting a timeline came from when we was advantageous adequate to attend WWDC 2019 as a scholar,” explains Chirp developer Will Bishop. “During a keynote, Apple announced SwiftUI, a new horizon that authorised developers to rise their user interfaces most faster than ever before. However, not usually did it boost a speed, it non-stop adult a whole new approach to emanate apps for a Apple Watch,” he explains.

“Prior to SwiftUI, all user interface on Apple Watch was drag-and-drop, which, while convenient, has some vital drawbacks. So feeling desirous from this announcement, we left a keynote gymnasium and immediately began operative on reimplementing a timeline with SwiftUI,” he says.

Direct messages were updated, too, and now embody images and tweets that were common by a private messaging feature.

Chirp 2.0 also introduces support for live complications on Apple Watch. That means we can see new tweets right on a watch face, and daub on them to be redirected behind to a Chirp app to reply, like or retweet. This underline is also accessible usually to Pro users.

Another encouragement lets we supplement a small aptitude to your Twitter username by creation it colorful — a underline that was desirous by a user’s request. Included as a one-off in-app purchase, it’s $1 for Pro users or $2 for non-Pro users to take advantage of this option. Bishop attributes a pricing preference to a backend work compulsory to exercise a underline on his part. It also creates for an additional income stream, by being accessible to those who don’t wish to compensate for a Pro chronicle of a app.

However, Bishop records that a choice will be accessible for giveaway during Pride month (June) so everybody can make their username rainbow-colored, if they choose.

In addition, Chirp 2.0 is now accessible in a series of languages, besides English, including Chinese (simplified), Danish, German, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish (Latin America).

The app itself is a giveaway download from a iOS or Apple Watch App Store. 

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