Rowi 2.0 hit’s the Marketplace, brings loads of enhancements

Rowi 2.0 hit’s the Marketplace, brings loads of enhancements

Rowi has easily been our favorite Twitter app since we first got onto the Windows Phone bandwagon, but the one thing it’s been missing for a long time is a major update. That all changes today with the release of Rowi 2.0 which brings about some major changes such as Instant Resume (mango update), you can now pin tweets, messages, etc to the home screen, a new context menu and more. This brings about a massive change since 1.5 was released last year, and it’s finally brought Rowi up to the standards we’ve expected (and yes, smooth scrolling is in as well).

The full list is as follows:

  • Readability
     integration for viewing web pages and saving bookmarks for later reading (added to Rowi’s save for later functionality)
  • Support for RTL (Right to Left) languages display for tweets/messages
  • New context menu for quick and easy access to common actions for tweets/messages (tap to open the menu, double-tap to select the tweet/message/item)
  • You can now pin any home timeline, new tweet, new tweet #nowplaying, new message and search to your Windows Phone start screen
  • Fast app switching support and now using standard Windows Phone OS progress indicator (yes, Rowi is finally updated to take advantage of the latest major Windows Phone OS a.k.a. Mango)

Here is the full list:


  • New reading experience for read/unread tweets/messages on the home timelines
  • New reading style marks tweets as read as you scroll up (default/configurable behavior)
  • Scroll to top automatically marks all tweets as read (by default)
  • New column types (including but not limited to: retweets, favorites, etc.)
  • Retweets are now included in list timelines
  • Photo previews for tweets in timelines


  • Tweet details page expands all shortented URLs to show the originally tweeted URL
  • Tweet details now show who retweeted it
  • Conversation view on tweet details page
  • Tweet details page now uses the same (new) RT popup as context menu
  • Added a save for later button on tweet details page

message conversation

  • Updated the message conversation style to better match the OS messaging conversation UI

new tweet

  • Now playing added to new tweet screen to let you tweet about what you’re listening to
  • New (remaining) character counter UI when composing new tweets or messages
  • New image uploading services – LockerzyfrogTwitter and TwitPic are all now supported
  • Bitly URL shortening removed since twitter will shorten all URLs to anyway
  • Replying to a retweet now includes the retweeter

user profiles

  • New “is following me” text on profiles to better understand mutual follow relationships
  • Mentions pivot added to user profiles


  • New settings UI (tweaked for simplicity)
  • New setting to specify preferred reading direction (newest, down or oldest, up). This affects where Rowi positions the timeline when new tweets are loaded
  • New setting to skip the new tweets indicator and just auto-loading new tweets with an info message box across the top of the screen
  • New setting to make all tweet calls to Twitter return the max amount of tweets (200)
  • New setting to automatically load conversations on tweet details
  • New setting to open the context menu on tap and hold instead of on tap (and select item on tap instead of double-tap)
  • New setting to manually set tweets as read (instead of automatically when scrolled into view)


  • Toast notifications now display inside of Rowi and take you to see the new tweets when tapped
  • Added Rowi to the share menu

moar awesomeness

  • Toasts for Mentions and Messages now take you to the correct mentions and messages pivots respectively in Rowi when tapped on. Yay! We know, it’s the little things. :)
  • Better error message on invalid login
  • Made info message box bigger so it’s easier to swipe away
  • More accurate message for bad gateway errors from Twitter
  • Changed placement of followers/following on user profiles to match
  • When finished writing a new tweet from the new tweet tile, tapping the back button exits Rowi
  • …plus a whole lot of refinement and bug fixes along the way

Oh yes, that’s a massive update, and we’ve JUST updated our phones to Rowi 2.0 so we haven’t managed to see how all the changes look, but from the front you can instantly tell there’s a difference to the app (for the better).

So for those of you just itching to get your hands on the app, head on over to your phone and search for twitter in the marketplace (and then scroll down to Rowi). This is because the marketplace is refusing to display rowi with a simple search right now so you’ll have to do this the hard way for now.

Otherwise you can try this link and see if it works. Get on board, and welcome back Rowi!

Source: Hidden Pineapple

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  • Mark Moreira

    Just downloaded the free version of this app – Good recommendation! MUCH better than the official Twitter app and any others ive tried.

  • Techin5

    Way better, and the paid version has real time push notifications (toasts) so it’s better!

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