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A Portrait Keyboard Comes To Witter – Why Can't Nokia Put In One That All Apps Can Use?

The N900 has a predominantly landscape design, Nokia has said that full portrait capabilities will not come to the N900. But they have enabled portrait mode for the browser and also the shortcut ‘Ctrl+Shift+R’ (post PR 1.2) that lets you rotate quite a few apps to portrait orientation but it works once and you have to enable it again once you close the app.

Over time need has been felt for a conversations app in portrait, portrait text entry in web browser and so on but around 7 months down the line, we haven’t seen Nokia put a portrait keyboard in. A few developers have made their own version in Opera, VertSMS and the latest being Witter, the twitter client for the N900.

Witter has had portrait mode for a few days now and once in portrait all you need to do is tap the new tweet text box to bring it up. If the N900 tilts to the side even a little bit, the landscape QWERTY comes up so keep the N900 as straight as possible.

Portrait Keyboard Witter

Pressing the ‘123’ button brings the following up.

Portrait Keyboard Witter

It is really great to see the community bring such things to life. But my question to Nokia is, why not make a decent portrait keyboard for the N900 and let all developers use it, rather than each one having to make his own? This will not only save times but also rid users the need to get used to different layouts all the time.

Yes, we know you don’t really plan on portrait mode for the N900, but please give developers a hand at least. Or is something like this already in your plans, considering ‘Ctrl+Shift+R’ was introduced in PR 1.2?

TweeGo Is A Great Looking N900 Twitter App

For a long time there has been a demand for a nice Twitter app for the N900, so far we have Witter and Mauku and web apps such as Hahlo.com and Dabr.co.uk, but there is none that comes close to elegance of something like Gravity for Symbian devices. Enter, TweeGo, formerly Twitter Box, which has all the promise of quickly becoming the best Twitter app for the N900.

As of now it is very alpha with regard to functionality and has not been uploaded to the extras-devel repository yet. There is no dedicated @ reply column, no direct message section and so on but the UI is beautiful. The transitions are slick and the app makes you want to use it. Hopefully it will have much more functionality soon.

If you want to try it, you will have to install it using the terminal (instructions below).

TweeGo Is A Great Looking Twitter App For The N900

TweeGo Is A Great Looking Twitter App For The N900
TweeGo Is A Great Looking Twitter App For The N900

TweeGo Is A Great Looking Twitter App For The N900

HOW TO INSTALL TWEEGO

  • Download the latest version of TweeGo from this page. Download the .deb file.
  • Save this under the MyDocs section of the N900.
  • Rename this to something like “TweeGo″ so that its easier for your to enter the name in the terminal.
  • Install an application called “rootsh” from the Application Manager.
  • Next, launch the Terminal application on the N900 and enter “sudo gainroot” and hit enter.
  • Now type “cd MyDocs” and hit enter.
  • Then type “dpkg -i Tweego.deb” and hit enter.

Enjoy.