Millions of people all around the world use Twitter to keep in touch with one another or to stay updated with the latest in news and trends. In fact, Twitter has become one of the most pervasive social networking avenues today that apps for the Twitter service have been produced not just for desktops but also for Android smartphones and tablets.
There are literally hundreds of Twitter apps on the Android Market. It would be insane to try each of them one after another, hoping to find the best one that suits your needs and tastes.
Here’s some time-saver for you. We’ve selected 5 well-liked and popular Twitter apps for Android. Admittedly, the features of these apps extend beyond Twitter–but as a minimum, each one does support the basics.
If you’re the purist type of tweeter, and you prefer Twitter’s official app for Android, you can settle for that one, too–it’s free from the Android Market. It generally works to satisfy your tweeting needs, lets you browse latest tweets, search followers, share pictures, follow your friends, post tweets, retweet, and other basic features–just like its Web-based counterpart.
However, the official Twitter app for Android is built for simplicity and lacks additional features for advanced users with above-average, borderline-genius tweeting IQs.
If you are looking for a Twitter app that provides advanced features, you can try searching on the Android Market–and, trust me, it’s like looking for a needle in a haystack. Before you go looking for that needle, Android Authority gives you a headstart with these 5 recommended Android apps for Twitter (arranged in no particular order). If none of these meets your needs, then we wish you well in your search for that needle.
Just like its desktop counterpart, Tweetdeck is a free social platform app that supports Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Google Buzz. The app syncs with your TweetDeck account so you can easily manage your account right on your Android device. The app allows you to send posts, receive updates, attach pictures, and display your current location. The Android counterpart of TweetDeck displays a column view allowing you to switch between your own tweets, mentions, and direct messages by swiping left or right across the screen. The app has a clean, intuitive, and simple interface–which can deceptively hide its power and usefulness.
Formerly known as Touiteur, Plume is a free Twitter app optimized with advanced options and features such as automatically downloading tweets and easily marking or clearing your followers’ tweets. It allows the Twitter timeline to be viewed on your home screen through its scrollable customized widgets. The app allows you to share pictures via Twitpic, Plixi, YFrog, and Posterous. Advanced users can also configure Plume to customize retweet styles and add bit.ly details for URL shortening. A premium version is also available with more features for US$2.7.
TweetCaster for Twitter
Say goodbye to chaos on Twitter and say hello to clean and organized accounts with TweetCaster for Twitter. Aside from satisfying your basic Twitter needs, TweetCaster has features that let you organize and sort out your Twitter account. You can either silence unwanted tweets–with Zip It–or group threads into lists using the SmartList option. You can also save and read long stories with Instapaper. The app allows you to manage multiple Twitter accounts and post to both Facebook and Twitter at the same time. With TweetCaster you can also add colors to your tweets, customize visual themes, and send longer tweets up to 140 characters. A 5-dollar pro version is also available and provides more cool features.
Seesmic can be your online buddy for managing multiple social network accounts–especially Twitter, although not just Twitter. The Seesmic app supports multiple social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Google Buzz, and Salesforce Chatter–and helps you manage all your accounts at the same time. Seesmic allows you to quickly access its apps–such as accounts, contacts, search, and chatter group–by creating a shortcuts right on your home screen. It also utilizes your phone’s GPS to attach your current location on your Tweets.
The original version of Twicca was all in Japanese, but when a translated version was published on the Android Market, the app’s popularity rose sky-high. The best thing about this app is its highly efficient interface intended for quick readability, especially with the use of color labels. This makes scrolling through the main stream faster by assigning colors to each tweet. The app’s basic features can be extended with the use of plugins. Plug-ins for Twicca offer a variety of cool features, such as uploading photos to Twitpic or Flickr and simultaneously posting updates to your Facebook and Tumblr accounts.
The official Twitter app can really do well to satisfy your basic Twitter needs. But, if you want to do more, these alternative Twitter apps for Android can offer a wide variety of features that range from posting simple tweets to managing multiple social network accounts.
Do you use any of these apps? What Android app do you use for Twitter on your Android smartphone or Android tablet?