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The day that a considerable number of Twitter power users have been waiting for has finally arrived: the much-anticipated Carbon client is available for download. You can hit the widget below this story to head to the Play Store and install it post haste. Some early users (including yours truly) are having strange errors on the Play Store, with the app refusing to download via web or on-device clients; these hiccups should be taken care of sooner rather than later.

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For those of you who haven't been following, Carbon is a refugee from the lands of Windows Phone and WebOS, highly anticipated on Android for months. The developers have been giving fleeting glances to the press and end users, but this is the first time it's been widely available. Carbon is a free download available on most Android 4.0+ devices. If Falcon and Plume aren't doing it for you, the slick interface and animations are worth a look.

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There are a couple of drawbacks to this new kid on the block. First of all, Carbon is completely incompatible with most tablets... even those that are listed as compatible on the Play Store. On my Nexus 7, the app just refuses to run. The developers have stated that they will release a separate tablet app sometime in the future. Also, Carbon has no homescreen widget, which is a big drawback for those of us who like to keep up on things without opening a separate app.

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.
  • Sqube

    I've got to be honest. At this point, I'm downloading this more out of a sense of obligation. It's been so damn long hearing about this thing that I've got to see what the fuss is all about.

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

    For those who've used Plume and Falcon Pro, as well as Carbon - what are the pros and cons of Carbon?

    I've been a Plume user for some time, but am giving Falcon a try, as Plume seems to get choppier and choppier over time.

    Carbon isn't as feature rich, but it's a much smoother experience, which I like.

    • Andrew

      Plume lets you have a smaller font size so you can fit more tweets on the screen at a time. Most other apps have text that is way too big for me.

  • ZombieCow

    Can download it on Nexus 7... but when I launch it, its says its not compatible with tablets. Then why the heck are you letting me download it in the first place? -_-

    • k0rf

      Exactly the same problem! And my Nexus One doesn't support it :(

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes

        We (yes i'm on the carbon team.. @Skrill_Dilly) designed it for Android 4.0 and up and NO TABLET SUPPORT! and it clearly says it in the application description.. READ NEXT TIME!!!! Sheesh man

        • k0rf

          Sheesh man...... I know exactly what the text says, and I am clearly dissapointed and not a douche. You won't come far with that attitude against your "customers"...

          • ZombieCow

            After so many months of development and waiting, you finally release your software on the Android Market and you expect me to read the description, in order to find out that it has zero tablet support? You could have just made it unavailable for tablets in general. My HTC Desire cant get it cause its on Android 2.3 and my only 4.x device cant get it either... Good luck spreading your app to the world!

          • Mitchell

            What you are saying is like....

            I waited for the next Battlefield game for many years. Finally it is out. I bought it and tried to play but my computer is too slow to play that.

            Damn EA! You expect me to read the minimum requirement after waiting for so long?!

            Does it even make sense? Somemore it is a free app. If it doesn't work you can just uninstall it and stop making a fuss.

          • ZombieCow

            I see your point there but its not the same thing in this case. Google has specifically provided the developers the ability to restrict app availability to the users which cannot use the app on their devices.

            I've read a bunch about the app already and I didnt even pay attention to what is written on the description. I know its a twitter alternative and thats all I needed to know. It would be easier for them to restrict tablet users completely than let us download it and bitch about it later.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes

            Customers for something free??? lol

          • k0rf

            Not sure if you are trolling or just not educated. They are called customers even for services or products that's free you know.

        • Wayne Randall

          Nice! The dev team shows up to bust balls! I love it!

        • Justin Winker

          Suggestion... Remove compatibility with tablets in the Play Store so tablets can't download the app that's meant for the phone. Or introduce a tablet UI in the same app so there aren't two apps running around (plus, it's less to maintain).

        • ScottColbert

          With a reply like that, you can forget any support from me. No need to be an asshole.

          • http://twitter.com/dot1ne M.Saleh Esmaeili

            Korf definitely meant #TeamCarbon guys.

            We had to sacrifice tablet access to the not-so-tablet compatible UI of current Carbon to give Mobile users the most number of Twitter tokens as we only have 100K of them.

            Talk back on our Google Plus http://gplus.to/carbonandroid we're listening!

        • http://twitter.com/arrioch Milos Mirkovic

          That's it, uninstalling. After all this time one would expect much more, so much hype and results are disappointing. Your 'team' sucks, i worked with a guy who made app compatible with, and looking beautiful, on phones and tablets, by himself, you have no excuse.

        • DennisHeffernan

          I had thought that part of the Big Deal with Android 4 and up was eliminating the difference between tablets and phones.

          Between a gaffe like this and that attitude I think I'll pass. TweetCaster Pro is working fine on both my devices; no need to switch.

        • http://twitter.com/PopeTackler Rob

          What an absolute asshole. Great attitude; you'll fit right in with the Carbon team! Uninstalled your useless and poor excuse for a Twitter app.

        • Dane Getting

          Carbon's PR is worse than Applebee's.

          • http://twitter.com/dot1ne M.Saleh Esmaeili


            Korf definitely meant #TeamCarbon guys.

            We had to sacrifice tablet access to the not-so-tablet compatible UI of current Carbon to give Mobile users the most number of Twitter tokens as we only have 100K of them.

            Talk back on our Google Plus http://gplus.to/carbonandroid we're listening!

        • Cherokee4Life

          I kind of hope this is some ass whole who is not really on the Carbon team but just pretended to be to get people to hate Carbon for some odd reason. Because all of you just replied to him without knowing if he is actually on the team. I say he's not! :)

          P.S. I'm still not downloading it though lol

        • http://twitter.com/hedami Hedami

          If you're on the Carbon team, then why are you leaving reviews in the Play Store saying "Best Twitter application ever" (I saw one from "Skrill Dilly")? Don't you think it's a bit shady for a member of the Carbon team to leave a 5-star glowing review on their own app?

          So either you're...

          1) ...a liar and not a member of the Carbon team. If so, shame on you for misrepresenting them.

          2) ...telling the truth and are a member of the Carbon team. If so, shame on you for reviewing your own app and acting like a disrespectful douche to your potential userbase.

          And if you are on the Carbon team, perhaps you should learn something about submitting apps. If your app is not meant to be run on tablets, then specify in the AndroidManifest.xml that this is the case so tablet users cannot install the app, or just specify which devices should be omitted in the developer portal. That way tablet owners won't waste their time downloading an app (that the Play Store stays is compatible with their device) and you won't receive needless 1-star reviews.

          But it's obvious why the Carbon team is allowing tablet owners to download the app. They want to boost their download #'s while still preventing those users from using their 100000 Twitter API tokens. The popup that's displayed when running the app on a tablet should have just said, "Thanks for your help in increasing my download stats in the Play Store, but sorry you can't use this app. Have a nice day!"

          • http://twitter.com/dot1ne M.Saleh Esmaeili

            You've got points, there are limitations in the development at my end, I've done my best so far, I confess, I'm a designer, not a programmer. But hey, if there's a fix, it'll be fixed, and to my knowledge there's no combination of screen size filters that you can use in AndroidManifest to filter out only Tablets, it'll end up filtering Phones too, if you know otherwise, please let know! I'll be thankful!

            Now, c'mon! There's no point of adding to download numbers, this is not our first app and as you had access to almost all my products, you sure know we've never done it that way. So accusing me of such stuff? Not cool man! Not cool.

          • http://twitter.com/hedami Hedami

            Investigate the "compatible-screens" attribute in AndroidManifest.xml. Also in addition to that, you can choose to disallow installation on specific devices when submititng apps on the Play Store developer portal site. Using one or both of those methods, it would be very easy to prevent installation of your app on most tablets without impacting phone installations.

            Did you really think tablet owners would find your "app is not compatible with tablets" popup sufficient in explaining why the app wouldn't function on their device when the Play Store said it was a compatible device?

            Correct me if I'm wrong, but you worked on the majority (or all) of the app's programming. If that's true, then you should be able to figure out how to disallow tablets via the AndroidManifest.xml, or at the very least via the Play Store developer portal. I'm sorry I'm not buying that you couldn't figure out how to do that when you obviously have the programming skills to develop such a complex app. Other than wanting to get as many downloads as possible (because those stats are used to bump an app up the various "top" lists), I can't think of any reason why you'd want to allow a non-functional app to be released to tablet users.

            The main reason I commented here was because of the rude comment by skrill_dilly who's been advertising on Twitter as being a member of the @CarbonAndroid team. If he is part of your team, you should have a discussion with him on PR. Because tablet owners have a right to be peeved when the Play Store says the app is compatible with their device and then when they try to load it it says it's not compatible.

            The @CarbonAndroid's team's response to this issue should have been something along the lines of: "The app is currently not optimized for tablets. We don't want people experiencing the app in a way we didn't intend as designers. But we're sorry we allowed it to be released on tablet devices. We're going to update the app in the Play Store to ensure tablet users cannot install it at this time. We're very sorry for the inconvenience".

            That type of response would have been much better than: "READ NEXT TIME".

          • http://twitter.com/dot1ne M.Saleh Esmaeili

            But, quite honestly, don't you think we'd have investigated that before, and the reason I asked you is because we couldn't find a solution? That's what's up! I mean c'mon! Why the assumption that we didn't?

            And for a good reason, I never tell other developers how to do things or why they did something wrong with assumptions, I usually call'em out in private and suggest if any, or help, instead of calling them out in comments or forum threads, I respect fellow developers, and I try to keep it professional, going into comments and calling out people? Or tweeting a series of tweets about how a developer could do something better or not, or how badly they're doing? That's jus' burning bridges, we developers need developer friends to work together, and not come out like this on every occasion and opportunity.

          • http://twitter.com/hedami Hedami

            The fact is that if you truly wanted to you could update your app to disallow tablet installations (while still allowing "phablet" installations). Take note of the "Declaring an App is Only for Handsets" section on this Android developer page: http://developer.android.com/guide/practices/screens-distribution.html. And the beautiful thing about the developer portal is it will show you which devices you're including/excluding when you submit the APK, so you can verify that no tablets are being included and no phablets are excluded *prior* to publishing.

            I have major respect for developers because I know how much work goes into making a quality app. But on the flip side of the coin, I have major disrespect for developers who mistreat their userbase (including potential users). And when I see it happening, I will speak out since I strongly believe that a developer's #1 priority is their userbase. I have plenty of bridges with great developers who share that same belief. I'm not worried about burning a bridge with a developer who doesn't.

          • http://twitter.com/dot1ne M.Saleh Esmaeili

            As I mentioned before, that will exclude some of the big phones, defeats the purpose.

          • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes

            So you're saying that Jay-Z can't buy his own albums?? Pink can't buy her won albums...Thise boost sales so is that cheating too? Your thesis has holes in it. Your thinking toooooo hard my friend. God Bless You!!

          • http://twitter.com/hedami Hedami

            Of course they can buy their own albums/apps/etc. They just shouldn't leave reviews on them in online stores. Leaving a review saying that the app is "the best Twitter application ever" is misleading if you're a part of the development team.

          • http://twitter.com/hedami Hedami

            @Freshly_Snipes Interesting that you're one of the only ones defending this skrill_dilly. Perhaps it's because you are him. Was searching on Google for Twitter apps that have push notifications and came across this article: http://www.androidcentral.com/plume-still-my-twitter-client-choice. It has a comment from "Freshly_Snipes" who says they are "Skrill_Dilly" on Twitter.

            You my friend are a joke...using multiple user names to defend your own rude comments. Plus I find it funny that in that other article's discussion page you said you would never use a Twitter app unless it had push notifications since you use Twitter for your business. Guess you changed your mind since you're now part of the "Carbon team" that has no push notifications.

            Dude, it's obvious you're just friends with the developer doing anything you can to hype up his app, so stop pretending you helped develop the app (quote: "***we*** designed it for Android 4.0..."). And stop pretending to be different people in the same discussion thread. You're really not helping your friend by acting this way.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes

      We (yes i'm on the carbon team.. @Skrill_Dilly)designed it for Android 4.0 and up and NO TABLET SUPPORT! and it clearly says it in the application description.. READ NEXT TIME!

      • http://about.me/chrisfink Chris Fink

        and when you guys quickly they hit your API call limit? then what do the users of the app do?

      • Not using carbon

        Cool story douche bag

      • http://twitter.com/PopeTackler Rob


    • http://twitter.com/Quietlyawesome Tyler Cooke

      Look at themes and app section on Nexus 7 xda. 'Per App DPI settings without Paranoid Android' you could fake the app into thinking you have a phone.

      • blunden

        The app does look for a tablet-specific view and fails if it finds it so I suppose that could work. Modifying the apk is another option until they release their official tablet support. It currently scales fine on my Nexus 7 but they probably decided it would result in too much wasted space on 10" tablets.

        • http://twitter.com/Quietlyawesome Tyler Cooke

          Thanks for replying. Look around, I posted a link to your APK a few minutes ago.

    • blunden

      It seems they decided that they wanted people to wait for their full tablet experiance before allowing tablets. It was relatively simple to modify the app to pass that check though. After doing that it works just fine on my Nexus 7 and I imagine all other tablets too. :)

      Link and screenshot: https://plus.google.com/u/0/104926630563312609031/posts/HkM1NNt2P3g

  • http://shanked.me/ Shank

    I'm not really a fan of some of the UI decisions. I love how swiping is a first class citizen, but some of the UI elements are downright puzzling. The compose screen is an entirely new activity, when it should really be a popup instead. I could see Falcon Pro taking the swipe features and adding animation, and it'd probably end up better than Carbon for how feature rich it is.

  • sdcoiner76

    No Droid 3 support. Hopefully the app will be updated to allow more phones in the future.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's Android 4.0+ - a requirement that is unlikely to change.

  • Simone Bissi

    hey guys...they gone out with this "alpha" of the carbon app ONLY because Koushik Dutta from clockwork team came out with CARBON backup app....they said he stole the name...but he came out on play store before them...so now they run to go out...with an alpha version...not a final version.... so stupids....

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      That's a pretty unsubstantiated claim unless you can provide a source for this.

      • blunden

        He probably refers to the lack of tablet support. I think I saw a mention of that being delayed before today though so that doesn't really prove anything.

  • http://about.me/chrisfink Chris Fink

    and when this app quickly hits their API call limit? then what do the users of the app do?

  • youridiots !!!

    So let me get this right u idiots r mad at the dev because u installed something without reading what the hell it was ? U guys r the same dumbasses that brick your phones and blame dev's, wish u kids would go away And just buy iPhone's

    • ScottColbert

      Its you're not your.

      • jevan

        actually you're (ironic) in the wrong here, as he actually has his grammar correct

        • http://twitter.com/PopeTackler Rob

          No he doesn't. Scott was referring to his name: "youridiots"

          • http://twitter.com/arghness Alex

            I think it's "you r idiots", so would be correct in text speak. See his first sentence where he uses "r" in the same context, to confirm that's how he's writing.

    • benrees21

      Why should you have to read that an app is incompatible with your device? Why not just do what every other dev does and just make it show only for compatible devices??

    • you’re_a_spud

      You're the same guy who claimed to be the Dev, aren't you? Stop being such a pretentious twat. I think I'm going to stay on falcon, thanks. I can see you guys must be very popular; first you leave your paying webos and wp7 users hanging, now you come here and insult your users. *slow clap

  • http://twitter.com/alxalejandro393 Alex Esparza-Sandy

    It may not be featured packed, but if they carry along their dedication like on webOS it should improve over time.

  • Davy Jones

    It's a nice app but some of the design aspects are somewhat questionable, such as the overlay that goes on top of your content when swiping or the fact that you can't directly click on links. I'm also not sure how I feel about the menu system used here. While it is novel I don't know if I see the functional benefit over the holo implementation. Hopefully, after a few updates some of this will be worked out. It's definitely very sleek and smooth.

    • Harsha

      Tap+Hold on Tweets to make everything clickable right on the Timeline

      • Davy Jones

        Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, that is still an extra step than I want.

  • Nicolás Rezzano

    Looks good, unfortunately i cannot find a place to change the time of sync data? It's 15 minutes, which should drain my battery rly fast, i cannot seem to change it. Everyone else looks awesome, looking forward to push notifications!

  • Fernando

    Missing a button straight to the top of the timeline, the color of the number of characters used when you are writing a new tweet is too dark. To be perfect it would also be nice to put a slash, as we see in the app's Facebook and Twitter webpage, showing new tweets.

    - Google Translate user. = p

    • Andrew

      Two finger swipe lets you jump to the top of the timeline.

  • http://twitter.com/PopeTackler Rob

    Pass. Not supporting these asshole devs.

  • http://twitter.com/tech_gooner Vidur Paliwal

    I was waiting for the release of this app back in August, but then FalconPro came along and I loved it. This app is a bit smotther than the rest, but Joaquim Verges is a more reliable dev (with regular updates). Also the Carbon UI is a bit puzzling for me (initial release).

    Also the decision of the devs for going for a 4.0+ app and no tablet support is a bit odd. (They do claim that they will release a separate tablet app "soon")

  • Abhigyan

    I love the look and feel of the app. Plus how clean it is. But Falcon Pro has got me used to a level of buttery smooth, that I just can't find with Carbon. It's lagging like hell even on a powerful phone like the HTC One X. Hulk Sad.

    • Daniel

      Go to Settings -> Developer Options and click Force GPU Rendering. Then restart the app.

      That should make it buttery smooth.

    • Mitchell

      Doesn't lag on my Nexus 4. Except when entering filters and search page.

  • Harsha

    I have used Tweet Lanes and Falcon Pro. One major drawback with both were that when I try to open the tweet links from the app with the browser, the current and consecutive tweet links used to open in a single tab instead of opening a new tab for every tweet link. But carbon does the latter! Every time I open a link of the tweet I get a new tab in the browser.

    I thought this was browser bug (on CM10.1) Now I can say it's app specific.

    Opening each tweet link in new app is useful for me because I open all the tweet link one by one as I go to top and then read the main articles which would have finished loading in the background.

    • RB

      Did you check 'Allow multiple tabs per app' in the browser settings?

      Running CM 10.1 too, Tweet Lanes open multiple links just fine for me.

      • Harsha

        Never thought "Allow multiple tabs per app" refers to that. Now everything opens in a new tab for Tweet Lanes too.

  • http://twitter.com/Quietlyawesome Tyler Cooke
  • Chris Caldwell

    next time you review an app, consider mentioning what it does lol.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      TIL: this was a review.

  • http://www.twitter.com/darrylcobb maxrobes2000

    I seriously, don't get the complaining about Carbon finally being released? After all, it's a free app so the developer(s) aren't seeing any money from this. It's another awesome app in the plethora of awesome Twitter apps with have for Android. If it's not for you, move on. There are great options. If it is for you, download it and enjoy.

  • 7-10 split

    Geeze the build up for this on android sites was pretty huge, the delays and teasing and now we have it....flashy and ultimately half baked. Lists are a nightmare to navigate, convoluted and messy. Take a look at Falcon pro to see how lists are designed to function and function beautifully. If you are big users of list then carbon will be very unsatisfying. If you you like links to open within the app without being taking to your browser or youtube app then carbon is not for you.
    When Falcon gets multiple accounts - then those who must have that feature will flock to falcon. Multiple accounts is about the only thing that I can see Carbon having and advantage.
    Oh and settings? where are the settings carbon? there are none!

    I want to use my twitter app, not just admire it's slick design.