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For those who may not know, Echofon is a pretty popular Twitter client for iOS, Windows, Mac, and - strangely enough - Firefox. It combines a clean interface with basic Twitter functionality in a lightweight package; as such, many Android users have been waiting for it to makes its way over to our side of the fence.

Echofon for Android alpha recently became available, and after playing with it for a few minutes, I have to say that it looks and feels much more polished than I expected. It already makes good use of both Holo Light and Holo Dark, while still retaining its familiar look for anyone who has used (or even seen) the app before.

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The app is intuitive enough to pick up and use, and already has most of the features that a hardcore Twitter user would want. Swiping back and forth reveals the different categories: home, mention, direct message, subscribed lists, and profile. Settings are still pretty sparse at the moment, with just a few options for things like auto-refresh, font size, theme (light and dark), and some "advanced" choices.

Overall, this is pretty impressive for an alpha version - so much that I could see myself using it as my daily driver for Twitter. Definitely looking forward to see how this app progresses in the coming weeks.

To grab the download for yourself, head right here.

[Thanks, @Harkison!]

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • hasan

    The ad on top is annoyingly placed

    • ahhsom

      luckypatch....

  • lilcdroid

    Default notifications are stuck on alert and don't seem to be changeable. As well as unread notifications on widget don't reset. Otherwise it's top notch.

    • lilcdroid

      Notifications stuck on silent, not alert.

  • http://twitter.com/K2theIzzo K.O.

    After using this app for about 30 mins, I uninstalled Twitter for Android and used my new daily twitter driver Echofon to bash Carbon for Android.

  • http://www.facebook.com/GabrielHellsing Gabriel Hellsing

    Only thing i want them to do is make a Chrome plugin, i miss my Echofon sidebar. >.<

  • http://codytoombs.wordpress.com/ Cody Toombs

    I honestly didn't expect to see another Twitter client coming out now that Twitter is declaring war on this category of clients.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Agreed. I'm afraid they may be late to the game with this.

  • http://twitter.com/Numbuh101 Jorge Sánchez

    I'm still waiting for Carbon... But I'll try this

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    It will take a lot to pull me from Plume.

    • Remco Wijnhoven

      Same for me!

  • http://towo.eu towo

    Argh!

    The bottom action bar is supposed to be used for actions, not navigation! This isn't iOS. :|

    • GazaIan

      At this point in the game, I'm just happy Holo is being used.

  • Dylan Williams

    Pretty boring client. Can't see anything new here compared to other apps already available.

    • Kirk Sharrar

      Echofon allows you to sync your tweets between devices so you don't have to read them twice. That is the draw for me.

  • Yash Bhatia

    Now using this to smash Carbon.. >:)

  • Abhigyan Banerjee

    I just wish Chris M Lacy would pick up development for Tweet Lanes again. In my limited experience, it's GOT to be one of the best clients out there.

    • Justin Schuurbiers

      What's wrong with Tweet Lanes? Or am I not following you...

      • Abhigyan Banerjee

        It's just that development on it seems to have all but died out. Notifications have been in the works for almost 3 months now, and the developer talks about everything but the app on his Twitter page.

  • septania kharisma pertiwi

    i cant download it, after barcode just link, can't download

    • chrjs

      I think they reached the download limit. :( Can't download it either.

  • http://twitter.com/dlt0rre dlt0rre

    I couldn't download it! the link didn't do anything :(

  • codemago

    Strangely enough, Firefox? It first started life as a Firefox extension

  • Arjun

    You cant view conversations and follow/unfollow users

  • http://drhack.net/ Dr-Hack

    Looks good
    Should be fine with Tweetcaster for a while i guess?

  • http://profiles.google.com/goncharenko.roman Roman Goncharenko

    Hey guys, if somebody have apk file pls send me to rg@comcode.ru. they say: We hit our download limit at Hockeyapp for our Echofon Android alpha version. Please stay tuned for the upcoming beta release.