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Carbon for Android Twitter client coming for free on July 22

July 16, 2012

The Carbon Twitter client has been very appreciated on the defunct WebOS platform, and has also made the jump to Windows Phone. We’ve been hearing for a few months now about an Carbon for Android app that is in the works, and today we finally have some good news for all you Twitter maniacs out there.

In a post on Google Plus, Carbon for Android developers Dots & Lines have announced that the Twitter client will launch on July 22, and it will come for free. No, this won’t be an ad-supported app (the Carbon team hates them as much as you do), but a completely free, premium app.

How generous of Dots & Lines, you might say. Well, the decision to make Carbon for Android free (the app costs $1.99 on the Windows Marketplace) was pretty much forced upon the devs. See, Google only accepts Google Checkout merchants from a number of countries, meaning that developers outside those countries cannot submit paid apps. And since Dots & Lines are based in the United Arab Emirates, all they could do was hope that Google would extend the approved country list at Google I/O. Needless to say, that didn’t happen.

The Carbon team had the option to use in-app ads for monetization, but they consider that ads ruin the user experience. Kudos to them! I am sure that plenty of people would like to support development via donations, so they might get something out of it after all.

Carbon for Android will join a growing list of pretty good Twitter clients for Android (which, sadly, does not include the official app), such as Boid, Plume, TweetDeck, or Seeismic. Which one is your favorite?