Feb 04 AT 4:54 PM Dustin Earley 22 Comments

Carbon, the long awaited Twitter client, hits the Play Store


Carbon for Twitter has been one of the most anticipated apps to come to Android in a long time. Once a webOS app with a ton of potential, Carbon for Twitter has finally made its way into the Google Play Store. So was it worth the wait? Is it good enough to dethrone well established apps like Plume and recent gems like Falcon? It’s very, very close.

Dressed in all black with a granite-like texture for a backdrop, the first things you’ll notice about Carbon for Twitter are that it looks beautiful and goes heavy on the animations and gestures. While the animations and gestures make for a fun navigation experience, both can be a bit overwhelming. For example, the pull-to-refresh animation has you almost pulling your timeline off your screen. And the jump-to-top function is hidden by a two-fingered pull, not mentioned anywhere in the app.

There are a handful of missing features that other apps have had for some time now. Notifications are extremely limited (it’s either check once every 15 minutes or not at all) and things like Tweet Marker and other third-party service support are nonexistent. Tablet support is also missing.

My overall first impressions are that Carbon is a great start. While it’s missing some essential features, the app is balanced out by aesthetics and speed. In order to fully appreciate how fluid Carbon is, you have to use it. I’m guessing the developers behind Carbon for Twitter are hard at work building out the feature set and tweaking the general UI. With one big update, Carbon could easily jump to the front of the pack as everyone’s go-to Twitter client for Android. To download Carbon for Twitter, which I highly suggest doing, use the download widget below.


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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    I used it for ~2 hours but was fairly disappointed. I was happy to remove it and go back to Plume.

    They did some cool UX things but I just can’t use it as a primary Twitter client yet both due to the lack of some features and some fairly annoying bugs. I’ll try it again here in a few more months….

    • Ray Lewis, double murderer and republican

      Carbon is crap, the should rename it to Dreadliner or 787 twitter client cause it burned my phone!
      $hit client.

  • mvp77

    Been using it since release yesterday. I’m not a power Twitter user so the features missing aren’t that important to me. It’s smoother than Falcon, my go to, and looks just as good.

  • mlynch01

    I checked this out for a little bit and while really slick, I went back to my goto app Plume. Its feature rich and I have it customized to my liking already. But I do think that many people will like Carbon.

    • iamXiV92a

      I agree. Plume is still my Go To, but like Dustin said, er.. wrote, Carbon is a nice start

  • surethom

    Was hoping for facebook integration aswell, Love tweetdeck with twitter & facebook but tweetdeck has not been updated for almost a year.

    Facebook integration please.!

  • jak2rocks

    I don’t see why you’re complaining. The issues you wrote about are right in the description.

  • Burnd

    We’ve waited so long for this.. and yes it looks very neat and smooth. Yet there’s much to improve. For starters there’s no url shortener, which is mandatory for Twitter. Also, there’s no adjustable refresh time. Less important but still noteworthy is the fact you can’t adjust text size, you can’t see your tweets retweeted by others and there’s not even a widget. And I could name more … (like the photo uploading service etc.)

    Luckily the app came with this message: “This is the first version and a start. We’re adding new features and we’ll fix bugs as we get requests and reports. Send them our way!” So let’s hope they’ll make some improvements and add some features soon.

  • Stella

    Gorgeous app! It runs smoothly. Even though it’s missing some features, overall it’s is a very good twitter client.

  • mario_1603

    Im going to use it :D

  • clocinnorcal

    Not to be confused with “Carbon” the backup assistant from clockworkmod.

  • Dylan Friedman

    Is Carbon a good Twitter client? Yes. Is it as good as Falcon Pro? Nope. Not even close.

  • jenskristian

    Gave it a try on Sunday when it launched. After a couple of minutes it was pretty evident that Carbon isn’t even close to Falcon Pro.

    I know it’s a free app and we shouldn’t complain, but with all the hype surrounding this app I expected more. The release was delayed a year and they wasn’t able to add support for tablets?

    Competition is always good so I welcome the app to the Play Store. I just won’t be one of the people using it.

  • Tamer

    i installed it but when i ran it ,gave me not compatible with tablets

  • SGB101

    Not a big twitter user, but didn’t like carbon, quick un install.

  • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

    I installed it on my Evo 3D and on my Transformer TF300TG. First of all, launching it on the tablet produced a message that Carbon is not compatible with tablets, although it appeared as compatible with tablets on Play Store. Second, now it crashes when I try to launch it (I installed it this morning). I uninstalled it from both devices, it looked promising but I already have Plume and Tweetdeck and I am slowly migrating towards Plume. It also lacks a lot of features, like the ability to add another columns or to change options (it has probably 2 options). Too bad, it seemed fast when it was launching.

  • Max.Steel

    Long awaited? Just hearing about it for the first time today!

    • http://mihai.discuta-liber.com/ tmihai20

      It was kinda in a closed beta until now. It is accessible to all users with Android 4.x and up from now on :)

  • http://None Javier Bastardo

    Good, but and in all, I still prefer using Boid for Twitter, and the official Twitter app, they both cover all my needs, and Boid is an Open-source project, so that’s a plus!

  • Jedediah Sweetser

    I’ll stick with Tweetcaster and Friendcaster. post to both at the same time with either client and fully featured.

  • rohail6

    Meh, nothing has replaced Falcon Pro for me

  • jacobsloan

    As a fairly heavy Twitter user with a need for multiaccount support, I have to say I’m pretty pleased with Carbon, even in this first version.

    I’ve tried almost every other Twitter app on the market, but I kept coming back to the default Twitter app (since finally abandoning the aging Tweetdeck app) as it was the only app I found that consistently delivered on my main requirements – notifications for multiple accounts, no obtrusive ads, and Twitter list support.

    Carbon tops the Twitter app for me by having richer notifications than the default Twitter app and a slicker interface, especially when it comes to switching accounts. I do miss URL shortening, but I’m sure that’s coming soon.

    The only other major feature request I’d make is being able to lock in and follow one Twitter list, but Carbon’s menu and swipe option is actually not too shabby. Maybe they can build more convenient list following into a widget in the future.

    Overall, I’d give it a shot if you’re a heavy Twitter user.