The ongoing saga of Falcon Pro and the great Twitter token shortage of 2013 has taken yet another turn. No, Twitter hasn't stopped being a jerk-face. Developer Joaquim Vergès has reset all the tokens for Falcon Pro in an effort to free up unused ones. This should (temporarily) solve the problem of new users being locked out.

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This means that when users download the new update, they're going to be forced to log back in to Twitter. Because there are actually fewer than 100,000 active users, there should be enough access tokens to go around. Popular wisdom states that it was returns, former users, and pirates that were soaking up a large chunk of the tokens. Users will have to update within 24-48 hours, which is when the old tokens stop working. If you got the app through some *ahem* less conventional means, you still only have a few days to get it sorted out before your tokens expire. This doesn't solve the long-term problem, so the developer is still urging anyone that stops using the app to remove Falcon Pro from their Twitter account.

So this is a minor annoyance, sure, but there's some cool stuff coming to make up for it. Vergès is still working hard on Falcon Pro and version 1.7 is just around the corner. Coming in that update are some new Falcon Pro widgets. If that excites you, the app is on sale again. Vergès previously increased the cost to $132 to discourage new buyers. The price has been made reasonable once more, but has been bumped up to about $2 in order to slow the token consumption.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

    Just bought it and signed the petition. If Falcon Pro is AP approved then it's the only Twitter app I will use. #HOLOSWAG

    • HellG

      If you say Swag with holo one more time moth******, i dare you i double dare you....

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1071132386 Jimmy Chen

        Come at me bro
        I'm trained in gorilla warfare

        • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin

          What the fuck did you just fucking say about my Nexus, you little bitch?

        • John O’Connor

          gorilla training? lol did you get that training at the zoo with your cousin KOKO? J/K

      • sid


        • http://profiles.google.com/atlbaird Evan Anderson

          Kill yolo with fire!!!!!!

        • Kcls

          NEEDS MORE #33B5E5

          • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin


      • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin


    • http://twitter.com/zackeryfretty Zackery Fretty

      #HOLOSWAG? That hurts.

    • Tom Burke


      • http://www.theandroidsite.com benmarvin


      • HellG

        Sharpen your swords, tighten your boots, waxen your shields, as we spread the word of the lord against the infidel swaggers! for DUARTEEEE!!!

  • http://twitter.com/thehammer401 Amar Patel

    I just downloaded for the first time (haven't used it previously) and I get a licence check error. I downloaded it through the play store

    • Ashe A

      One thing it could be - it detects Lucky Patcher, and will fail license check if you have it installed - which is quite out of order IMHO.

      • http://twitter.com/JaizukeD JaizukeD

        You sir are correct. Thats exactly the problem.

      • kamiller42

        Pirates suck.

      • Al

        "Lucky Patcher is a great Android tool to bypass premium applications license verification, remove ads, modify Permissions, and more. "

        Yeah, really out of order /s

        • Nick

          If he's going to implement something like that, at least put it in the app description. And the issue isn't "why do you have it installed anyway?" I think people's problem is that people who BOUGHT it were able to use it just fine prior to this "update" but now he's dictating what apps they can and cannot have on their phone (AFTER they've already bought it). It should have been implemented from the get-go. If I want to have a rougue/malware/virus app on my phone, I should be able to (regardless how dumb or stupid it might be or something you can't fathom).

  • Rob H.

    If Twitter was smart they would allow third party apps without restriction to encourage more people to use Twitter over FB or g+ If anything this upsets users not want to use Twitter less or even boycott Twitter.

    • Aleem Qureshi

      the reason they are doing it this way, i believe, is they lose ad revenue every time a user opts for a third party application

      • sssgadget

        Yes, I think the "Promoted tweets" do not appear in third party apps?

        • http://twitter.com/xyrer Gustavo Parrado

          well, then enforce the promoted tweets on its TOS, solved!

      • http://shanked.me/ Shank

        It a combination of this and that they aren't able to control design language as much. They want a "unified" experience.

        In addition, 3rd party developers can't get Twitter cards working either.

  • http://twitter.com/JaizukeD JaizukeD

    I'm getting a failed license check.. anybody else? to be clear, I have bought the app prior to this.

    • JPM

      same here

      • Metroview

        Get rid of Lucky Patcher.

        • http://www.facebook.com/rmkattan Rami Kattan

          I don't understand how people keep these rogue apps, who knows what they hide, what can they steal, hack...

    • Jenny

      Try tweet the developer at @falcon_android. Similarly, refer above comment by Ashe A about detection of Lucky Patcher which caused the failed licence check.

  • Barton82

    All the recent fuss about this app made me buy it, just to check it out.

    • Mike Reid

      I suspect the fuss was for publicity. $2 "to slow the token consumption" ? Or because it's a good opportunity now ?

      Don't get me wrong. I'm a dev and many of us deserve to earn a decent living. And frankly, I have no problem with this sort of promotion scheme. Just pointing out that I think it was pre-planned publicity.

      • http://twitter.com/xyrer Gustavo Parrado

        not at all, the token limit exists and it was happening

  • Guest

    Your falcon pro listing under the article says $129.1. Good ole appbrain.

  • yippiedad

    I've have been using Falcon Pro for a couple of months now but when trying to log in I get a "Licence Check Failed" message. Seriously? I don't have Lucky Patcher - whatever that is...

  • paco

    He will have luck if no one sues him because the breaking privacy invasion without user knowledge with the lucky patcher thing.

  • nickmorgs

    Not sure if it's possible but, having reset the tokens, would be interesting to hear how many are now actually in use.

  • Paul

    To whoever pirated an app that was previously only $1... really? Are you that cheap?
    You'd deserve that your phone short fuses and dies a horrible death in fire.

    • Nick

      I honestly think pirated apps skyrocketed when Google decided to only allow 15 minutes trial period of apps. 15 minutes is ridiculous.

      • Cherokee4Life

        completely agree. I do not back Pirating, but I also do not back a 15 minute trial period when it may take 10 out of those 15 to download, and another 3 to sign in and then 1 minute to test it and 1 minute to go back to the play store to refund it.

        Google at least make it 30 minutes.

        Twitter, don't be a b*tch, allow people to make awesome apps for your client. Which in turn will force Twitter to innovate and get a better app. Which is a win win. I left twitter a few months ago because of this. I have Plume installed, I honestly don't think I have even signed into it since I started to flash my EVO.

      • My1

        not only that. also a problem is that the payment methods are really bad depending on your location. I had to get my apps through unconventional means earlier not coz I didnt want to pay nor that I hadnt got enough money but simply because I couldnt pay, but with the Gift Cards in germany I dont have any unconventional apps on my device...

    • http://twitter.com/xyrer Gustavo Parrado

      I don't support piracy for the sake of it, and certainly not when it affects other legitimate buyers. That said, there are lots of people who have the money but not the ways to pay it, in my country a credit card is REALLY hard to come by and we are forsaken by everyone, no prepaid credit cards, no play store gift cards, nothing. This is something google has to fix ASAP, either make gift cards available everywhere or support app gifting, I would GLADLY buy all the apps for my friends who don't have the way to pay for them themselves, but can give me the cash and receive the app, steam style.

      • Paul

        I guess that's a situation everyone can live with. As long as these people deinstall the "necessarily" pirated apps and get them the legal way once that is made possible.
        I was talking about those die-hard "i'll never pay for anything" people in my initial post.

  • Da_James

    Either be a bitch and warn people about it, or just dont. I didn't warn either, tough. Since I got no problem buying apps, but got Lucky Patcher for, yes, hacking purposes, I bought it, uninstalled lucky patcher, snatched a token, then got a refund. I'll buy the app again and use it when the dev will find another way of verifying licence.

    I don't get told what to use or not. And there's no "then don't buy my app" working there either.

    Between getting mails about "hey, why did u uninstall my app and stuff, Google is allowing devs more and more crazyness. Either implement user feedback popup in Android for customer management purpose, but being intruded in my mailbox sin't something I'm happy about.

    • Mark

      So basically, you're a dick, and you want to make sure everyone knows it.

  • faceless128

    oh wow, he left a long reply on Google+ explaining why he's blocking Lucky Patcher

  • John O’Connor

    The price has been made reasonable once more, but has been bumped up to about $2 in order to slow the token consumption.

    OMG a whole $2 ?!?!?! ... said nobody ever.

    (sorry that I had to go there. that must be at least 3 internet faux pas in one little sentence!)

  • KingKilla

    Just purchased this app and I can say its just awesome.

    • Ole Ingeman Christensen

      You're right about that. I will though recommend another new awesome twitter application too. And it's Carbon for Android. I have a hard time choosing which one of the two, I like the most! :-)

  • http://www.facebook.com/reynaldocor Luis Reynaldo Corcino A

    I bought the app and now it tells me that it failed to check the License. What the heck?! I want my money back!