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falcon

There's a lot of options for Twitter on Android, both in full apps and widgets. But the newest player may just be my new favorite. Falcon for Twitter, now in beta, combines the standard timeline view with enough options and settings to make the obsessive compulsive Android user ecstatic, while still fitting in with the Holo theme of ICS and Jelly Bean beautifully. The standard features include listing your mentions, retweets and private messages, and a quick and useful mobile view that opens links in a mini-browser without ever leaving your homescreen. This can be changed to open a standard Twitter app.

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The interface is the real draw here. With three themes and two layouts, it's sure to fit in with whatever your UI or theme looks like. It's even optimized for Jelly Bean; the notifications expand just like the updated Gmail. Developer Joaquim Vergès bills Falcon as a beta app, but it's already remarkably stable on my Galaxy Nexus. There's already been an update just a day after it was posted to the Google Play Store. Honestly, the only reason I'm keeping Plume around at this point is that it's still better than the official Facebook app.

In its beta stage, Falcon for Twitter is free and without adds. That may change after some more development, but given the developer's previous apps, it shouldn't be more than a couple of bucks. Of course, who knows how long this and other third-party Twitter apps will still be around.

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • NickAVV

    Thank you for pointing me toward this, I already love it.

  • Brfield

    I thought Twitter was closing their APIs down?

    • guy

      Scare Mongering from blogs so they could have something to hate about Twitter making devs accountable.

  • GazaIan

    With that hardcore limited API, Twitter apps won't be fun to use :(

  • http://btwnworlds.tumblr.com/ Lou G

    I just installed it on my nexus 7 and I love it!

  • Dinofan01

    What icon pack is that?

  • http://twitter.com/lipefleming Filipe

    I have not found an app more complete than twicca.

  • mesmorino

    So... No one else seems to have caught this, but you're keeping Plume around because it's better than the official Facebook app? Isn't Plume a twitter app?

    • Jeremiah Rice

      It also displays your Facebook newsfeed, which Falcon does not.

      • mesmorino

        Really? Huh. You learn something new everyday. Imma go have another poke about in Plume

      • mesmorino

        I couldn't find that option in the plume settings :/

  • BrianLipp

    Been using tWidget for a long time. Its by the same guy and is the alpha version of this. Best twitter widget out there, better than any of the ones that come will full apps.Been wondering what was going on seeing as tWidget hasnt been updated in months, good to see its moved to beta now (albeit under a different name). Great to use in conjunction with Boid!

  • Mark Smith

    This is great, been using it for a week or so now, a few small bugs lurking here and there but apart from that it is perfect!