The previous update to LauncherPro (the Plus version, specifically) brought a nice, scrollable Twitter widget to the table, but it wasn’t without its problems. Many of you took a nasty hit on battery life as the widget’s service would remain active and looking for data even when there were no tweets to pull down. Being the responsible developer that he’s proved to be, Federico quickly gathered up all of the reports and pushed out a new update to address all of this (and more). Here’s the specific list of changes:
For all users:
- Replaced the old dialog for picking applications (when adding shortcuts to homescreens, dock, or dock swipe actions) with a custom one that loads much faster. Users with lots of applications installed should see a dramatic speed boost when bringing up this feature.
For Plus users only:
- Update service (for Twitter, and soon for Facebook) now runs only when it has work to do, that is, when it’s time to fetch new statuses.
- Fixed a bug with the Twitter where tweets with links became unclickable. Because of limitations on the Android framework, we can’t have the entire row (tweet) cilckable in addition to the clickable links, so from now on, in order to bring up the menu (Reply, Retweet, etc.) you need to click outside the body of the tweet. Clicking on the author’s picture should do the trick.
- Fixed a bug where if you added the Twitter widget to a homescreen and then removed it without setting your Twitter credentials, it would keep asking you to enter your credentials every 15 minutes until the phone was restarted.
- New: Selectable update interval for Twitter. You can choose how often the widget will poll Twitter for new data. You can choose between 5, 15 and 30 minutes, and 1, 3, 6, 12 and 24 hours. There’s an option called “Manually” but it’s not implemented yet (I forgot to remove it from the list before publishing this new version, it should be functional in next update).
- New: Option to choose what application to launch when you click on “Twitter” on the widget’s header. You can now set it to launch your favorite Twitter app instead of launching Twitter’s website.
That’s it for now. Hopefully we’ll have a Facebook widget before the end of the week.
That last line suggests another update could be headed our way some before Monday to add the Facebook widget he’s been drumming up to, though that isn’t certain due to the world “hopefully” being used. We’ll just cross our fingers and hope for the best! Go ahead and download the new update through the Android Market or LauncherPro’s website now.