Carbon for Twitter Review

Carbon for Twitter Review

Feb 11, 2013

When it comes to reputation, Carbon is one of those apps that reached mystical status long before it released. With screenshots and hype from beta users, Carbon can be said to be one of the most anticipated Twitter apps Android has ever seen.

Thankfully, the wait is over.

Carbon tries to be a clean, functional Twitter conduit, and, as an opening gambit, it did look quite sleek. The stark black background with white font looked good, with the usernames and avatars displayed prominently. The animations were fun to see; for example, pulling down on the stream screen (which invoked refreshing) angled the screen and gave it an interesting transition perspective. Sliding left or right to the different screens also had a sort of cubing effect, which just made the app seem just a bit more, well, alive.

The main screen itself maintained minimal principles, with a post button, profile button and menu button residing onscreen at the bottom.

Functionally, Carbon is no slouch. First, it is able to manage multiple accounts. Entering accounts was easy as putting in credentials and getting a token. Swiping once or twice to the right of the Timeline got me to the Mentions and Messages screens respectively, which had the same feel as the Timeline screen. Long-pressing an individual tweet gave me an opportunity to reply, quote, re-tweet or star the tweet. It took me a minute, but I eventually that swiping with two fingers up or down to the top and bottom of the screen. It worked well with images and links.

The Menu button had links to starred tweets, lists, trending hashtags, search tool, filters and settings link. I could toggle notifications for mentions and messages in the Settings tab, as well as manage my Twitter accounts.

All in all, I found Carbon to be incredibly snappy, and fairly functional within its minimalist design. For convergence feens, the lack of other social networks may be off-putting, but to be fair, Carbon only promises to be awesome at Twitter, and I think it does. Also, jump-to-top wasn’t easy for me to figure out as I would have liked, and it’s a true shame that it isn’t yet optimized for tablets.

Still, I find no difficulty in proclaiming it to be one of the best Twitter clients on Android.

Carbon for Twitter Releases for Android, Not to Be Confused With the Backup App of the Same Name

Carbon for Twitter Releases for Android, Not to Be Confused With the Backup App of the Same Name

Feb 7, 2013

While third-party Twitter app development has slowed to a crawl, some developers are forging ahead with their plans to improve on the Twitter app experience on Android. Meet Carbon for Twitter, a stylish new Twitter app that’s just released for free.

This app is primarily designed for phones (Nexus 7 users will get a dialog prompt saying it’s not optimized for their device yet), and it’s meant to provide an experience that focuses on the column at hand. Swiping horizontally switches between differnet columns, with a minimalist options bar, profile button, and new tweet button at the bottom.

This app should not be confused with ClockworkMod’s Carbon, which has also recently released to Google Play, and allows for apps to be backed up, even without root access. It’s possible to backup Carbon with Carbon. Joy!

The app already has over 50,000 downloads meaning that since Twitter claims they’ll only authorize 100,000 user tokens, the app’s days may be short-lived. What Carbon’s developers plan to do at that point is unknown. So get it on it quickly.

ClockworkMod’s Carbon Hopes to Bring App Backups to Everyone

ClockworkMod’s Carbon Hopes to Bring App Backups to Everyone

Jan 17, 2013

Koushik Dutta of ClockworkMod, known for things like ClockworkMod Recovery and ROM Manager, has a new app in beta that could prove to be extremely handy for Android users concerned about backing up their data. Tentatively named Carbon, this backup app for Android 4.0 and up devices will let users backup their app data to Google Drive or Dropox, and restore to any device. In fact, it will be possible to easily restore apps from another device that is on and set up with Carbon, in order to sync between devices. Yes, this means that it will be possible to sync game saves between devices. As well, backups can be saved to the SD card.

While the app in beta currently requires a rooted device, Koushik Dutta is planning on making it not require root, so everyone should hopefully be able to get into the app backup game, unlike the current state of affairs with Titanium Backup. The Carbon beta can be downloaded from Koushik Dutta’s Google+ post about the app.