By far my favourite Twitter app for my BlackBerry is socialscope, and I have been using it for quite a while now, but SocialScope has to be the longest running Beta app ever, (not quite as long as Google mail etc held their beta status for!!) and those not yet lucky enough to have SocialScope are feeling left out in the cold.
As well as handling Twitter, SocialScope brings your FaceBook status updates into the mix, keeping you completely updated. All this is neatly handled with tabs a top of the screen, giving you instant access to either Twitter and FaceBook, @ replies, DM’s, Twitter or FaceBook. Add to that your own channels/tabs such as individuals or lists. SocialScope supports keypad shortcuts and autotext, shortcuts are the most important for me and saves a lot of scrolling and clicking.
If you would like to apply to become a beta tester you can do so here
This is what SocialScope have said over the matter,
We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the SocialScope beta process and want to address them. First, no one should feel left out because they haven’t received an invite or are running a different version then someone else. As the beta progresses every one will be upgraded and more users will be added.
Second, we’re always seeding new versions of the app to small groups of users to test, tune and tweak SocialScope. Keeping the test groups small allows us to work closely with these users; making changes that would otherwise drive you crazy and lead to overwhelming number of support emails for us. This is an iterative process that can take many versions until its ready for a wider group of users.
Finally, we’ve tried to be as inclusive as possible leading to a very very large private beta. That means we can’t respond to every email or @reply (we wish we could, but we’re a small team), but your feedback is really valuable to us and we read every email we get.
“How do you select users to seed versions to?” Its largely random, but sometimes based on device type and carrier if we’re trying to track down a specific issue.
“How long will it take for me to get version x?” We can’t give you a date, but as soon as its ready you’ll get an upgrade notice within the app.
“I haven’t even gotten an invite yet…” We’re constantly expanding the beta when a spot opens up or the app is released publicly we’ll let you know.
Finally follow us http://twitter.com/socialscope and become a fan at http://facebook.com/socialscope to stay up to date with our latest news.
-Team Conan er SocialScope
Well I gave in and downloaded the new BlackBerry messenger this morning using links provided by BlackBerryos.com. To install simply select your version from the list download and unzip to your desktop, open up BB DTM choose Application Loader, then Add/Remove Applications and then Browse to where you unzipped the new .alx file, it may tell you it isn’t compatible as mine did but you may also notice it says BB messenger will be updated, continue and in a few minutes you’ll be rocking the new version!
I have just downloaded GoogleVoice for BlackBerry from m.google.com/voice and also for Android from the market. Unfortunately Google isn’t showing us any love regarding Voice in the UK yet and I have no idea how long it will be before we see it implemented.
In the meantime I have grabbed some screen shots for the BlackBerry from my Bold and borrowed some for the Android from BerryReview.