For most “normal” people and users, the stock iOS Twitter app is good enough. While we’d say it’s still not entirely “great”, it has progressed nicely over the last couple years to a point where even we use it fairly regularly. That said, there’s no denying the niches that 3rd party apps cater to. For the more hardcore Twitter users, there’s Twitteriffic and Tweetbot as the two big, reigning champs. And since Twitter made it incredibly difficult (read: pretty much impossible) to build traditional Twitter apps and get access to the Push Notification API due to a decree they passed a couple years back, full-featured Twitter apps have pretty much died on iOS. That is, the *were* dead. Flyte 2 seems to be a rather nice 1.0 with one big surprise: push notifications.
We’ve been playing with Flyte 2 for the last hour and really enjoy it. For starters, the UI is different than your normal tab based Twitter app on iOS, and really, feels kind of Android/Material-ish thanks to the floating profile button/orb (called the “Nub” in Flyte 2). Tapping on it pops out a menu horizontally (where tabs would normally be) and a “New Tweet” option vertically. If you tap and hold, then slide to the right, the same tabs appear but only as long as you keep your finger on said button. Release and the pop-up options disappear. Similarly, tapping on a tweet results in pop-up buttons/orbs/nubs for things such as quoting, retweeting, coping a link, copying a tweet, and in-line translating. Furthermore, swiping right to left half-way across the screen allows for favoriting a tweet while going farther right-to-left opens the tweet discussion.
Changing sides, half swipes left-to-right is a quick retweet and full left-to-right swipes bring up the reply-to Tweet sender action. Overall, it makes for a very slick interface, though one that does have a small learning curve to memorize actions. If there was anything we could find to complain about it would be that there is a tiny amount of stutter here and there when scrolling through the timeline. Though, considering it’s a 1.0 (and all the other great things about it), we’re willing to overlook that for now.
Across all the tabs/panes, content is king. Navigation controls take a backseat as we’ve highlighted above.. On that same note, we are really liking the compose screen. It’s basically a big, semi-transparent window with just a keyboard and your Tweet content.
One particularly nice detail we noticed is that as you scroll up towards the top of your timeline, a blue circle around your round profile icon counts down as your indicator for how many new tweets you have remaining. It’s an overall small thing but it goes to show you the attention to detail Brian put into Flyte 2.
Venturing into the settings you’ll find a light/dark theme option, streaming on/off, pinning the timeline to the top, tweetmarker support, streaming on cellular, old style retweet, scroll mentions with timeline, showing quoted tweets and *trumpets* push notifications. There’s also a left-handed mode for the lefties out there that flips the nub to the other side. For now the developer, Brian Tung, is keeping Flyte 2 free, with income coming by way of theme packs sold within the app.
Also, to help keep costs down, it appears the app is single-account only for now. Multiple accounts all with multiple push notifications enabled add up quick. And for a free app and young developer can quickly spiral out of control. It’s a necessary limitation at this point. Update: Flyte 2 does actually have multi-account support – swipe down on your profile page. Sorry for the error.
Flyte 2 is a very well featured and designed 1.0 Twitter app, and the first new app in a long time we’ve seen for iOS that checks a lot of boxes across the board. Speaking of 1.0, Brian says that 1.1 is already in the works with tweaks both functionally and in terms of UI/UX.
- Get Flyte 2 now in the iOS App Store for free – App Store Link