Mar 26 AT 3:15 PM Dustin Earley 20 Comments

Video: webOS’ Carbon bringing a bit of flair to Twitter for Android


Let’s face it: the official Twitter for Android app is only decent at best. Thankfully, there’s always been alternatives. From the glory days of Twicca, to the transition of Touiteur into Plume, third-party Twitter apps have stolen the show from day one. We’re always on the lookout for new Twitter clients, but things have been quiet for quite some time now. Until today, that is, when a demo video for Carbon for Android found its way online.

Carbon isn’t exactly new to the Twitter scene, but they are new to Android. Originally released as a webOS application, Carbon has made the jump to Windows Phone, and now the development team behind the app has Android in their sights. So just makes Carbon any different from the rest of the third-party Twitter client mafia?

The first thing that pops out from the demo video is the smooth gesture based UI. By swiping left and right, you can navigate through different layers of Twitter, only needing a few touches here and there to completely master the app. There’s a ton of flashy animations to accompany swipes that make the app look genuinely fun to use.

And there’s how Carbon for Android looks. It looks native. Like it belongs on Android. The official Twitter app for Android is made to work on multiple OSes. There’s practically nothing in the app made specifically for Android. Carbon not only features Android’s default on-screen menu button and blue highlights, it even uses the same blue circle from the notification window for a horizontal sliding info shade. It looks impressive to say the least.

There’s no release date for Carbon yet (or price), but the developers promise it’s coming soon. In my case, it can’t come soon enough. I’m dying to give it a shot.

Via: Android Police

Source: Google+

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • Jeff Pan

    Thats great!

  • PacoBell

    What the heck do those cryptic little icons at the top mean? I suppose they become second nature after a few weeks of use, but that hardly looks intuitive :/

  • Burnd

    Currently using Tweetcaster. But I’ll happily give Carbon a try! :)

    • tmihai20

      I am using Tweetdeck because it can sync up with Facebook as well. As long as the app will be free, I’ll try it. Tweetdeck is my backup in case I want to check my Facebook feed and not consume extra bytes of traffic.

      • Burnd

        Ah, I’m not that much of a Facebooker on my phone. Carbon doesn’t include Facebook right?

        • tmihai20

          They are not mentioning anything about Facebook. When we’ll be able to test it, we will see.

  • van

    If y’all are after a native-looking Twitter app for Android, check out Boid. And unlike Carbon, is available right now, if only in Alpha form.

    • Wunako

      i was going to comment that, i keep going back between Boid and Twicca as my twitter clients on my phone, tweecaster is the best one for tablets imo…

      But Boid is great so far it looks like its an extension of ICS and so does Carbon, I cant wait till both of those clients come out into beta and/or final release. If you havent tried Boid give it a shot it has its bugs of coarse but the themes are great so far and its pretty dope very very easy on the eyes

    • Dustin Earley

      Wow, this looks awesome. Don’t know how it went under my radar but I’ll give it a shot.

      • Ehm

        A strange comment to make in a thread started by yourself.

    • dcds

      I was going to say the same thing. Boid is promising, and the ui job is great.

      There are some problems, but it’s alpha anyway…

    • imperticus

      Both Boid and Carbon are ICS only, at least at this stage, which is a shame since about 97% of android devices are not running ICS.

  • cwjones4

    looks really well done. i’ve happily used plume for 2 years now, but id definitely give this a shot!

  • cola

    Been thru them all…Twicca, tweetdeck, plume, hootsuite, etc. I’m pretty excited to get my hands on Carbon. Hope it comes sooner rather then later!

  • Marcus

    I’ve been using Tweetcaster for a while. It is pretty awesome but it looks like carbon could be awesome too! I can’t wait to try it out.

  • cvette83

    Keep us posted when its released. The animations look pretty awesome.

  • classic_hero

    anyone know if it’ll be able to run on all phones

  • Alan

    TweetCaster is ugly as hell, and it’s completely klunky for simple things like retweeting. Plume is ugly too (what’s with all the lines!?). Boid is apparently not compatible (market filter!) with any of my phones or tablet, so I have no idea. how it stacks up

    Carbon looks amazing.

  • spazby

    looks promising, using Plume right now