When it comes to using Twitter on Android we have tons and tons of choices. In fact, when you decide on an app the sheer number of options and clients can be quite daunting, simply because there’s so many different apps readily available.
The stock Twitter app is quite nice, and makes our list, but has changed so much lately to expand timelines and take over our Twitter feeds that we figured it was time to round up a few of our favorites. Heading to the Google Play Store users will find hundreds of Twitter apps for Android full of themes, different colors, design and user interface changes and more, but most users just want something simple and powerful that works. Read on to see a list of our favorites in 2014.
Times sure have changed for Twitter, not to mention all the accompanying Twitter clients for Android. Without going into too much detail Twitter imposes a 100,000 user “token” limit on Android apps, meaning once more than 100,000 users sign-in with the app, no more can use it. It’s extremely depressing, and is a large part of why there’s so many options available.
Many excellent excellent Twitter apps won’t make our list, simply because they’ve exceeded that token limit and now require users to jump through hoops to even install and use the app. Falcon Pro is hands down one of the best Twitter apps available, but good luck using it without having to deal with a slew of issues and become a developer of your own. As a result it’s no longer on the Google Play Store.
The same goes for Carbon. It’s extremely powerful, fancy, and sometimes the UI is too overbearing, but it’s also reached the limit and thus, new users can no longer enjoy it. With that said, here’s a few other excellent options.
Robird is one of those hidden gems not too many users know about. It’s extremely minimalistic, powerful, customizable, yet works wonderfully no matter what. They’ve recently updated the UI with a few things I’m not a huge fan of, but it’s still one of the best around and what I personally use daily.
Robird has push notifications, streaming timeline over WiFi or mobile data, TweetMarker sync, auto refresh, save drafts, inline image previews (and disable options), a card-style UI, and tons of notification options. I want to be notified of a new mention, but I don’t need Twitter blowing up my phone with notifications all day. Robird handles everything well, and is often on sale below the $1.99 asking price.
Talon for Twitter
Talon is the latest Twitter client to hit the Google Play Store, and it is feature-packed, well designed, and overall just an excellent choice. In fact, I use this almost as much as Robird, and it may be my new go-to Twitter app. There really is hardly anything bad we can say about Talon. It’s how an app should be made. Full of options, customization, themes, settings, choices galore and more. You can’t go wrong with this one.
It’s feature packed and has Android 4.4 KitKat designs in mind. It’s like a stock Google app, but better. The developers did an excellent job, and update frequently. Users can expect tons of live streaming options, multi-user accounts, favorite and mute lists, expandable and actionable notifications, built-in picture and video players, YouTube and Emoji support, Instagram previews inline, and so much more. The theme engine and array of settings and options makes this one of the best Twitter apps hands down, and will probably be out of tokens extremely soon.
You just need to head to Google Play and see all the options and features this app is packed with, don’t take our word for it.
Hootsuite needs to make the list simply because it has been around forever, and with good reason. It’s a mobile client and web suite that enables managing Twitter, Facebook, and multiple accounts better than almost anything around. It isn’t feature packed, but is all about managing, viewing, and scheduling posts and tweets across multiple platforms. Sadly it doesn’t support Google+, but it’s still awesome.
You can manage multiple accounts, tweet to more than one at a time, and more than one platform all by the tap of a button. It’s extremely powerful, but to get the most of it you’ll need to buy the $9.99 version instead of just the free app for Android. If you need to manage social media, get Hootsuite.
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There’s so many it’s hard to just choose a few, but Tweedle simply had to make our list. Tweedle is very fast, efficient, and another minimalistic app that still has tons of options, features and customization. Being able to rapidly change the look and feel, yet still be fast and fully functioning makes this another one worth checking out.
Designed with simplicity and functionality in mind this app will deliver your timeline, mentions, and direct messages in a simple yet beautiful manor, and is customizable if you’d like. It also follows Google’s broader Android user interface guidelines quite closely, so it looks great. If you want a clean timeline free of clutter, this app is a must try. It’s free but ad-supported, although they don’t get in the way. The timeline refresh occasionally had an issue for me too, so make sure you’re not missing tweets.
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We could go on and on regarding Twitter apps for Android, what we like/dislike, or talk about why the 100,000 token limit is a terrible policy Twitter has in place, but that won’t get us anywhere. While the few mentioned above are some of our personal favorites, most used apps, feature-rich, or just extremely simplistic, there’s still a wide array of other excellent options.
A few honorable mentions are Falcon Pro and Carbon, even if they’ve reached the token limit and can’t accept new users. Plume has been around forever, and that’s because it’s an excellent option. My original favorite that Twitter bought and killed is TweetDeck. Oh how I wish Twitter would stop being mean, update it, and put it back on the Play Store. Echofon and Ubersocial are both quite nice, and we can’t forget TweetCaster for tablets.
While these last few are decent options, they didn’t make the list for one reason or another, but are still awesome alternatives. Be sure to check out the top few we’ve detailed, and don’t forget to follow @GottaBeMobile for all things mobile.