Talon debuted just a few weeks ago and has already become one of the best Twitter clients available on Android. There is even a beta program where the developer is testing out new features with frequent updates. Now that the bugs have been worked out in the beta, version 1.3 has gone live for everyone, and it's packing plenty of new features and improvements.

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Here's the full changelog from the Kinker Apps site – it's a huge list.

  • TweetMarker support
  • TwitLonger support
  • Upload with TwitPic
  • Much better handling of user searches
  • Added share and quote button to the in-line expansions on tweets
  • Add color to the retweet and favorite buttons so you can better distinguish your actions on a tweet
  • Live streamed tweets will be automatically loaded when you are at the top of the timeline
  • Higher quality Instagram, TwitPic, and Imgur pictures
  • Remove retweets by long pressing the retweet button
  • Pull to refresh on searched trends
  • Don’t show YouTube in pictures timeline
  • Better feedback for when you retweet or favorite a status
  • Much better support for auto-trimming the databases
  • Added size 30 font
  • Mark direct messages and mentions as read when the notification is dismissed
  • Better handling of retweets when viewing the tweet
  • Reply to your own tweets
  • Share individual links in a tweet using the “Share Link” button in the overflow menu when viewing a tweet
  • View your current account on the talon pull notification if you have more than one
  • Workaround under advanced settings for if your timeline jumped down a spot after a refresh
  • Better stability
  • Tons of bug fixes
  • Updated translations
  • Probably some other small stuff I forgot about as well

One of the more notable changes here is the included support for TwitPic as opposed to the Twitter hosting service – people love choice. All those pictures should also look better in the timeline with improved rendering quality too. TweetMarker and TwitLonger are also on board and can be activated in the settings. Also newly added is URL shortening, which was an odd omission in the last few versions. This is becoming a very full-featured Twitter client, but you have to wonder how long it can go on before it runs through all its Twitter tokens.

[Klinker Apps]

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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  • ITGuy11

    This is like Falcon Pro all over again. Good thing I have tokens for both! F U Twitter...

    • Donna – John


      ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉𝂓 ▉ ▉ ▉ 𝁪▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ ▉ What will happen when it runs out of tokens?

    • Sourabh Sekhar

      The token system is pure BS

      • Avril111

        my Aunty Julia got silver Volkswagen Beetle Convertible by
        working parttime off of a home computer... Look At This B­u­z­z­3­4­.­ℂ­o­m

    • Karlo


  • aewd

    Gosh I hate twitter app. Why don't they hire some of these awesome developers and reinvent their crappy app.

    • alamarco

      They did.

      Twitter hired the creator of Tweetie, the iOS app. This was years ago and while the app has surely changed, you can still see the UI elements are quite similar.

    • 808Bill

      They bought Tweetdeck. Then killed it. I don't think they care about improving their app.

  • Phantom

    What will happen when it runs out of tokens?

    Will it just not accept anymore people? Or will the people who already had tokens will be affected as well?

    • ken147

      People who have tokens can still use it, new ones will not be accepted.

    • alamarco

      As long as the developer doesn't revoke permissions (Falcon Pro did this a few times to try to weed out pirated users) you will never lose your token.

      All depends on the actions the developer takes.

      • ken147

        and when he did revoke them Twitter and Google had a word with him.

        Devs aren't allowed to do that.

        • alamarco

          While Twitter or Google may or may not have had a word with the developer, the fact remains that the Falcon Pro developer used this method.

          While not for the same reasons, Tweetbot for iOS had a similar token reset. Tokens can be reset, so people should be aware.

          • s44

            He did it to try to game the system, not for any anti-pirate thing.

            Also, he complained like a maniac after having started his project *knowing* it would die in that way.

  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

    Does this allow me to add multiple lists as multiple columns/streams?

    • ken147


      • http://www.jaxidian.org/update teh Jax

        Thanks. I need my first class list support. :-(

  • Lalit Prasad

    Looks like a promoted article

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/cody-toombs/ Cody Toombs

    Boom, TweetMarker support! Lack of that feature is one of the primary reasons I hadn't really started using Talon yet.

  • gyld

    Can anyone tell me if they have fixed that annoying top bar that started "flicking" when you scrolled up?