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Flashier Twitter apps have come and gone, but I'm still pretty enamored with Plume. One reason is that the developer (LevelUp, of Beautiful Widgets fame) is constantly rolling out new features, and today's update adds a doozie: push notifications. You should get notifications for new tweets, replies, mentions, and messages more or less instantly, and the widget and main feed can now use a "Live Stream" mode.

2013-10-09 06.55.49 2013-10-09 07.08.04

The service experimented with push background notifications before, but the developer wasn't satisfied with the battery-hungry feature. The new implementation shouldn't have a negative impact on your battery. The feature is off by default in Plume 5.4: to enable push notifications and "live streaming" in the main app view and widget, go to Settings, General, Live Stream Mode, and set it to Always. The new update has also added color-coded unread counts on the column view in the main feed, which are likewise optional.

Other changes include some minor memory tweaks, fixes for the account add dialog, and a fix for the avatar display errors. I've been noticing that particular bug over the last few weeks, and it seems to have disappeared after the update. Plume is a free app with a $4.99 ad-free Premium unlock, and it's compatible with Android 2.1 or higher.

2013/10/8 - 5.40

- support always-on live streaming (push notification)

- column counters now show the amount of unread tweets

- use less memory when in the background

- fix avatars not always showing in the widgets

- fix adding accounts failure when the device clock is incorrect

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • follow @muvee360

    This used to be my favourite twitter client but i left it for the Twitter for Android because of push notifications maybe i would give it another try

  • Sqube

    You had my curiosity. But now you have my attention.

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      The description is a bit ambiguous and there is a big difference.

  • wilflare

    Really wonder how the battery consumption and wakelocks will be like with the live streaming

  • jazzbassist1

    So is this actual push or just background pull notifications? The description is a bit ambiguous and there is a big difference. Several clients have background streaming but as far as I know only the official client has "push" notifications

    • Andrew

      From my tests, it appears to be actual push. (It's able to receive notifications of new tweets without constantly running active in the background.)

    • wade_county

      Before this latest update, Tweetings was the only 3rd party twitter client that had push notifications.


    • http://www.rubenalamina.mx/ Ruben Alamina

      Plume is my favorite Twitter client and have been using for a long time but I don't like that the devs are advertizing this as push notifications when they are not. Twitter allows (also encourages devs) to use their Streaming API instead of doing polling. That's why the rate limit is there. With live streaming there's no need to poll.

      On the other hand, having streaming running in the background is going to eat battery. I use the official client only for push, but I will give this background streaming a try and see how much battery it uses. If the battery usage is reasonable, I will keep it.

      Another important thing and something the devs should change is to unify the interval refreshes (when you are not using streaming) and the live streaming options into one category in the settings. There's no need to enable refresh intervals if we use streaming and viceversa. There is no clear way of knowing that if you are new to the app.

  • spydie

    doesn't appear to "up" on play store. the update date on the play store version is April 12 and there's no mention of "push" in the description

  • Sarkie

    Used to love Plume but I am loving Tweedle now.


  • Roberto Giunta

    Maybe one of you could help me with Plume:

    I'm using multiple twitter accounts with Plume and I sometimes get some strange behavior. When I refresh all accounts, it can be that the client shows me only the tweets of one account, and then after some scrolling, the second account begins although I can see on another app/web, that there should be tweets inbetween of that one account's tweets.

    Anybody an idea?

  • Gautam

    does not seem to work if you have login verification enabled. Does not let me enter the verification code

  • QwietStorm

    Finally push!

  • Dave Waites

    Haven't been concerned about push notifications for months since I found tweetification. Turns twitter SMS updates into notifications https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.owentech.tweetification