Android Tablet Twitter App Rundown

Android Tablet Twitter App Rundown

Jul 28, 2011

Having just acquired an Android tablet (the Motorola Xoom), my first goal? Find some worthy Twitter apps to download so I could get my tweet on! Finding these apps was difficult, in part because the phone apps are listed the same with tablet apps, and there’s no easy distinction between non-tablet and tablet-optimized apps. After some searching and vigorous testing, here is a rundown on the basics of some tablet-compatible apps, and some phone apps’ usability on tablets.

TweetComb: This app features a multiple column interface similar to TweetDeck’s desktop and iPad incarnations. The three columns list the main timeline, mentions, and direct messages, with a separate page for list viewing. There’s no pull-to-refresh, though there is a refresh button for each column, and a button to snap to the top. The app supports notifications, but does not support any kind of picture or video uploading. None at all.

TweetCaster: This app eschews the multiple column display for a single column of tweets. The application supports inline previews of media and conversation views, which is the strength of the app. The app lacks any kind of snap to top feature in the tablet version, and exiting the app kicks it out to the phone version with seemingly no way to revert to the tablet version. As soon as that glitch popped up, I found myself not returning to this app.

Plume: This app blends features of both multi and single column apps; in landscape mode the app is a multiple column interface, shifting to a single column mode when a tweet is tapped, and offering a larger display of the selected tweet. The app also supports a single column mode for portrait display. This is probably my preferred application going forward, and as it provides the most and best-working features of other apps I’ve tried.

The phone-optimized apps also work, and for those who want to view a lot of tweets at a time, then Twitter for Android and TweetDeck work well for this purpose, though their interfaces are hardly optimized for tablets. Still, these apps have a lot of features, and could be useful on tablets for power users.

Have I missed a worthy tablet app for tweeting? Leave your thoughts in the comments below, or send a tweet to @AndroidRundown!

[Update 1.0.2] TweetDeck Grows Out Of Its Beta Diapers, 1.0 Available For Download

[Update 1.0.2] TweetDeck Grows Out Of Its Beta Diapers, 1.0 Available For Download

Oct 18, 2010

Update 11/8: TweetDeck for Android has been updated to 1.0.2 and includes a fix for Facebook problems. Go to the Market to update to the latest version.

Source:@deckondroid

TweetDeck’s Public Beta was released back in August and, through various testing and feedback, went through 11 updates. Now, thanks to all the beta users and their feedback, TweetDeck has become official. Their 1.0 release for Android is now available in the Android Market at no cost to you. What exactly is TweetDeck? It’s a one stop hub for all your major social media needs. With a TweetDeck account, you can easily synchronize your Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Buzz accounts.

For those social gladiators out there, TweetDeck will certainly help save some time by eliminating the need to constantly check in to four separate accounts. This Twitter client has all the tools needed such as composing tweets, replies, retweets, add pictures, contacts, or location (with foursquare account). Everything neatly packed and color coded into one simple UI.

I will have to leave all the comments and opinions up to you guys since I personally have not used TweetDeck. This is only due to the fact that I have no need for it at this moment (I only have a twitter account which I just started less than a month ago). I definitely see the convenience of such an app and for all of you social juggernauts this is definitely worth a try. It’s free, so what do you have to lose? Head on over to the TweetDeck site for more info and check out the quick video below for an idea of what TweetDeck has to offer.

Source: TweetDeck

Tweetdeck For Android – BETA Review

Tweetdeck For Android – BETA Review

Aug 20, 2010

Tweetdeck for Android has arrived! Users of the desktop client should be familiar with the features that Tweetdeck offers:

Ease of use
Multiple accounts
Columns of tweets
Speed

The Tweetdeck for Android incorporates many of these features, but lacks polish and usability that will hopefully arrive in the full release. Here’s the rundown on what works with the app, and what didn’t.

[Updated] Android TweetDeck Beta Test Begins This Week

[Updated] Android TweetDeck Beta Test Begins This Week

Aug 12, 2010

When it comes to Twitter apps, everyone has their go-to favorite. Something about the style, feel, or just even blind loyalty keeps many of us using different Twitter apps for different reasons. But for power users, those that keep their finger on the social pulse or many different beats at any given time, there’s usually only one solution for those users: TweetDeck.

This week, TweetDeck announced that they’re opening up their Beta Test for their Android app. Their announcement is pretty clear that this venture into Android isn’t simply a port, it’s not TweetDeck on Android, but rather Android TweetDeck, and it’s going to have some new features that will lead the development path for the future of their mobile product.