Do you ever feel like you need another Twitter client in your life? Or maybe you need to replace the one you've been using with something fast, functional, and clean. Either way, Digital Ashes' Tweet Lanes app hit the Play Store recently, promising pure Twitter and pure Android side by side. Indeed, the app delivers on both fronts, having consistent smooth functionality and a UI that sharply adheres to the oft-aggrandized ICS design guidelines.
Twitter for Android has been updated to 3.2, and brings a bevy of changes, the most important being much-needed push notifications for retweets, favorites, and new followers.
The icons at the top of the app have also been changed up, and are slightly larger (the Home icon actually looks a bit different), along with other minor UI changes. The Discover tab has been completely revamped according to the changelog, as well, which you can see below:
What's in this version:
- Updated design and improved relevance of Discover stories
- Activity in Discover tab shows who your connections follow, updates to their lists, and which Tweets they retweet and favorite
- Spelling suggestions and related searches in search results
- Username autocomplete in search
- New push notifications for when your Tweets have been retweeted, favorited, or when you have new followers
- New languages: Traditional Chinese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Polish, Hungarian, Thai
Get it on the Play Store now.
Android, as a platform, has an advantage in that apps designed for phones scale to tablets dynamically, so many are functional without a proper tablet interface. The disadvantage? Some developers take their sweet time making said tablet interfaces. Twitter, for example, is still a giant, stretched-out version of the phone app. Enter Plume, an app that sticks much more closely to the ICS design style guide.
While adhering to the style guide may not always be enough to make an app great, Plume provides a highly-customizable UI that makes use of the best parts of Android's new design elements.
Search has always been a big part of Android, and for many things, Google's built-in solution works fine. If you're looking for a better way to search through your data in the cloud, look no further than CloudMagic. The app does take a bit of setup, but once you're in, CloudMagic assists you in digging through your data in a very compelling way.
Setting Up CloudMagic
CloudMagic does not just exist on your phone.
If you're a fan of Seesmic, then you may have noticed an update hit the Store earlier today that brings a number of new features, including Instagram embedding, the ability to upload images directly to Twitter, and the arrival of ads. While the latter will surely make some users rage, there is actually a good reason for this: the Pro version hit the Store today, as well.
The Pro version not only gets rid of the ads (so you get the same familiar Seesmic that you're used to), but it also brings the ability to combine your Facebook and Twitter streams into one.
In a tweet earlier today, Instagram linked to a new signup page which promises to put interested Android users at the front of the line when the popular photo app becomes available (which should be relatively soon).
— Instagram (@instagram) March 24, 2012
The page asks users only to enter a valid email address, and spits out a promising "Thanks for signing up!
Update: Here's the Market changelog, which brings a few more tweaks in the update to light:
- Swipe shortcut
- Improved scrolling and network performance
- Improved support for devices running Ice Cream Sandwich devices
- Confirmation dialog for Find Friends
- Security improvements
- New languages: Filipino, Simplified Chinese
- Many other bug fixes, improvements, and polish
The official Twitter for Android app just received a substantial update, and you can download it from the web Market now, or wait until it's available on the device Market in the next hour.
Who remembers Seesmic? Once upon a time, it was revered as the go-to Twitter/Facebook client for Android, until it stopped getting updated. Bugs started occurring more and more often, many of which made the client nearly useless to most people.
Today, though, Seesmic saw its first update in many months - one that we hope fixes the majority of bugs that have been plaguing the app for far too long.