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Those that read up on my most-used apps of 2011 will know that I am a big fan of Alphascope, the private alpha version of the BlackBerry favourite Socialscope. The application still isn't finished -- on either platform -- but the Android version just got a pretty big update in the Android Market that has made a notable difference.

The addition that might make a difference in getting people inside the closed gates of Socialscope, is an improved invitation system. No longer are you required to be followed by someone on Twitter in order to send them an invite. Everyone you follow can receive one, as still can all your Facebook friends. The addition of email invites to the Android offering too will be a welcome one -- this is how I managed to get an invite from one of the fine people in the Crackberry Forums

As you would expect from a product still in the alpha stages, the update brings bug fixes galore. We get fixes to URL posting when using Twitlonger, posting large images, not alerting to new notifications, force closes and a fix to the long error window when entering a new line in a post. 

Additional to fixes and invites, Facebook links now pull in higher resolution images than they did before such as our glorious looking DroidDoodle here. An un-follow feature has also been added to your Tumblr functionality.

The UI as a whole is really nice on the eye and this is an application that is genuinely getting better and better as time goes on. It offers a Tweetdeck type experience with it's variety of network integrations, but it's a lot slicker and pleasing to use. If this is what we're getting treated to in alpha, the finished article should be something well worth taking a look at. You'll find download links after the break, but after that it's down to you guys to find an invitation I'm afraid. 


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Socialscope Alpha for Android gets big update, invites now easier to send out


Another one....

Can somebody publish a list of obscure social networks? Or can we get the AC guys to do a massive review of them side by side?

It seems not a day goes by without a couple mentions of upgrades to apps for networks I've never heard of, and judging by the comment level few others have either.

I've never heard of Socialscope.
I've never heard of Pinterest.

I'm sure there are 6 dozen more that will find their way to a review here on AC any day now.

Like I've said before. You act as if you don't care for any kind of social networks, yet you're usually the first to comment on them when they're talked about on here.

Troll much? Also, judging from the comments, people clearly disagree with you. If you hated them soo much, you wouldn't bother reading articles about them. Plain and simple. Saying you didn't know what it was is BS.

Frustratingly, the app ran perfectly fine two versions ago. I have it on my Nexus S 4G running 4.0.3, and it works beautifully.

Market says it's not compatible, and won't let me install it. I suspect that it is compatible, and would work just fine as well.

Frustrating, because I'd love the bug fixes.

Yeah, I'm running a Galaxy Nexus with the 4.0.4 leak on it, and I'm getting the same "Not Compatible" message. I'm guessing anything beyond 4.0.2 is a no-go until they fix that. Shame because I've been looking for a good TweetDeck alternative for a while, and I forgot I had an account from my BB days.

Are you running stock 4.0.2 by chance? I ask because it installs and runs fine for me on Codename Android (4.0.3 based ROM) on my GNex.

I really would like to check this app out. I've been looking for a all in one that does more than just Twitter and Facebook. And seeing how I'm becoming a Tumblr addicted person, all this has to do is Reddit as well and I'm in heaven. Anyone feeling like passing out any invites?

If you used to use Socialscope on your BlackBerry you can use that account to log into Alphascope... This was one of my favorite apps on BB, but it has a long way to come before it's relevant on Android.

Gotta love that I could sign in using my old SocialScope credentials from my Storm 2 that I haven't used in over 2 years.

Wow, haven't heard "Socialscope" in a long time. Brings me back to my blackberry days. Don't miss those, or that app

This was one of my favorite apps on BlackBerry. I keep hoping to get an invite and have it back on Android.

I'd like to get the apk as well. 0.1.67 was available to the Galaxy Nexus in the market but 0.1.68 says it is incompatible.

I love this app. They forgot to mention you can also view and chat with Instagram accounts but you can't post pictures to Instagram due to the api limitation. You can also checkin with Foursquare.

I've been using this app for a while and really like it. Runs well on my Dinc2. I don't post to facebook but I like to keep up with family and friends that do.

I've got a couple of invites left. Tweet me @ba_hamilton and I'll send one to you.

Awesome. I'm a bb convert, and this was one of the hardest applications to leave behind (that and bbm, save your flames on that subject, I dont want to hear it). While Alpha has a way to go to match what they have built on bb, I'm quite pleased with it in current form.

All this time I was waiting for an Android version of "Socialscope" and here its been. Used my old Socialscope username and password to sign in and all is right with the world again!! This was my FAVORITE app in my BlackBerry days!!

make you guys a deal. If i get a working invite code. I'll post the .apk.

-Nevermind. My old log in from my Blackberry days worked. Im in like flin. And man is it sweet. Replaced Tweetdeck, Freindcaster Pro, and Tweetcaster pro.

To everyone trying to post the apk. That's useless without an invite it'll just be an app you can't use. I have a few invites left. Shoot me a message on twitter @theKid_1da.