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In the increasingly crowded market for Twitter clients on Android, another big player is about to jump into the fray - Carbon. You may know Carbon from its days on WebOS, but now that HP's mobile operating system is little more than an open source zombie, Carbon's developers are looking for a new (and more profitable) home.

While the app is already available on Windows Phone 7, that version is styled quite differently from the upcoming Android version, shown in the video below.

As you can see, Carbon is an app with a rich (and unique) user interface, with lots of animated flourishes on top of some recognizable Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich design elements. Carbon won't be the only ICS-themed Twitter client on the block when it comes time for the Alpha release, and it marks an increasing (and totally understandable) trend among independent developers to embrace the "new" Android look in their apps - which is something I can definitely get behind (I'm looking at you, official Twitter app).

One thing to expect of Carbon for Android that this video doesn't show, though, is a price. Carbon for WebOS was $2.99 on HP's WebOS Store, and Carbon for Windows Phone 7 is $1.99 on the Marketplace. You can probably assume it will cost a comparable amount once it's officially available on Android in release form.

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David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Tim

    Looks pretty not bad. There are far too many other choices, IMO, to justify the purchase of this(TweetDark, DarkPlume). Best of luck to them though. I dunno if I'm that big of a fan of the transitions between Timeline/DMs/etc. If that's configurable, then that'd be cool.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com David Ruddock

      Yep, I hate the transitions, personally, but I didn't want to rip on it until I've actually used it.

    • Alex Sandy

      This seems pretty interesting (looks great) as I used Carbon back in my webOS days. Was a great app, but as mentioned with the amount of twitter apps available, I'll have to wait and see.

  • Jeff

    I used TweetDeck and now TweakDeck simply because of the ability to post/read Facebook posts. The question I have is when will someone integrate G+ into an app with Twitter & Facebook?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com David Ruddock

      The APIs required to do that have not been made public by Google, so they're the ones holding up progress on that end.

      • Jeff

        Thanks for the info!

  • Hiki

    Crowded? You are kidfing me right? On galaxy tab I did not find any, any decent twitter client. Just some very sad and crippled ones. Of course for phones some may be ok, but still...crowded?

    • David Ruddock

      On tablets, there are few options. But you should check out Tweetcaster.

      There are plenty of Twitter clients for phones, though.

      -Seesmic
      -Tweetdeck
      -Twitter
      -Seesmic
      -Boid
      -UberSocial
      -Plume
      -twicca
      -Twigee
      -TwitPal
      -Twipple

      Need I say more?

      • Hiki

        Please. I tried them all and only official though stretched is working so to speak. Maybe I will sound like a fanboy etc.but only tweetcaster You mentioned have some idea of what the client on tablet is about. Well..idea is not enough in this case but a good starting point. I will appreciate if you could test some clients comparing them side by side. Maybe listing features. I probably lose patience with some of them too quickly. Thank you in advance.

  • Germian

    Meh, if another Twitter client doesn't have push-notifications, I will stay with the original client.

  • k2theizzo

    This seems promising but I dunno if I can go through another "Alpha" release. Boid and Social Scope have worn down my patience.

  • http://www.thepixelpuse.com aj

    Holy shit. This might get me to leave TweetDeck. Still the best client imo.

  • Tim

    I like it better than Plume or TweetDeck.