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twitter-android-300So you’re looking for a good way to browse Twitter on your Android device. Which app should you go for? Google Play is virtually drowning in options, with apps such as Twicca Twicca - A Fantastic Twitter Client For Android Twicca - A Fantastic Twitter Client For Android Making a good mobile Twitter client is a fine balancing act. You need to provide your users with the functionality that they need, but you can't risk being too confusing. There's no manual, and even... Read More , UberSocial Take Control Of Your Twitter Account With UberSocial [Android 2.1+] Take Control Of Your Twitter Account With UberSocial [Android 2.1+] Read More , Falcon Pro, and Plume Tweet On The Go Like A Pro With This Killer Combo Of Apps [Android] Tweet On The Go Like A Pro With This Killer Combo Of Apps [Android] Ah, that most addictive of Internet birds, Twitter. No doubt it’s fun to tweet, and even more fun to read what other people tweet about and check out all of the interesting links they post.... Read More , not to mention Twitter’s official app, representing only some of the popular options. But are the popular, well-known apps the only ones around? Not by a long shot.

If you’ve been looking around, trying one Twitter app after another without landing the perfect one, you may need to look beyond the list of most popular apps. Google Play hides some real gems, some of which have only been installed on a handful of devices worldwide. Most chances you’ve never heard of any of the Twitter apps below, but I have no doubt you’re going to immensely enjoy at least one of them. Want to be ahead of your time, and get an awesome Twitter app to boot? Dive in!

Hootie [2.3.3+]

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Hootie is a simple yet beautiful Twitter client with a clean interface and simple features. This is not a speedy app — an owl animation appears on the screen for several seconds following almost every action — and there are only four inflexible columns: timeline, tweets, mentions, and messages. A search option acts as a fifth column, and you can set up filters to mute out keywords, users, etc. from your timeline. Hootie has no Twitter list support, no notifications, no customization options to speak of, and no multiple-user support, all of which renders it unsuitable for power users. Nevertheless, its simple and beautiful interface will appeal to those who only make use of simple Twitter features, and are looking for a free and easy-to-use client for their smartphone.

Multiple users: Not supported

Retweet: New only, no quote option.

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Images: Has ability to add images to tweets; tweeted images are shown in feed.

Price: Free, no ads.

Overall: A-

Twoons [2.2+]

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Unlike Hootie, Twoons is a very flexible Twitter client, with full control over columns, text size, image uploading services, etc. It comes with six different themes, and you can use your device’s volume button to scroll up and down in your feed. You can add as many columns as you like, but a column can only be “all friends”, “mentions”, or a custom list column. You can set custom notifications, filters and refresh rules for each column, as well as rename them as you see fit. Despite this flexibility, Twoons’s interface is not amazing, and reading your tweets on it is not the best experience you can find, especially in the ad-supported free version. However, if setting things up just so is important to you, Twoons is definitely worth a try.

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Multiple users: Supported.

Retweet: Quote only, without the ability to change the text. Didn’t work when tested.

Images: Has ability to add images to tweets; tweeted images are shown in separate window when chosen from menu.

Price: Free with ads, $1.99 without ads.

Overall: B-

Tweet Lanes [4.0+]

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Tweet Lanes is a beautiful Twitter client that combines flexibility with innovation, and packs it all into one slick interface, scrollable using touch or volume buttons. Instead of a separate compose window or box, Tweet Lanes comes with what it calls a “context box”, which sits permanently at the bottom of your screen. From here you can compose new tweets, reply to tweets, or even reply to several tweets at the same time by selecting multiple tweets. The app supports multiple accounts, and switching between those is easy and intuitive. You can choose your favorite columns out of 11 possible options, but note that your choices affect all accounts. Display wise, you can choose between a light and dark theme, 5 different font sizes, and 3 profile image sizes. Tweet Lanes offers the best of both world by being both customizable and easy to use and understand.

Multiple users: Supported.

Retweet: Both methods supported, can choose between three different quote formats.

Images: Has ability to add images to tweets; tweeted images are shown in thumbnail form on timeline.

Price: Free, no ads.

Overall: A

TweetLine [2.1+]

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If the way your Twitter client looks is important to you, look no further than TweetLine. With specific color and text size controls, together with 4 different themes, TweetLine lets you create an interface all of your own. The free version supports up to 5 different columns, and doesn’t allow for multiple users, but if you’re OK with that, there’s no real reason to upgrade to Pro (other than supporting the developer, of course). TweetLine lets you control subtle things such as which retweet method to use as default, and whether to require confirmation every time. You can add mute filters for any user or keyword to get a cleaner timeline, and switch between columns using the volume button. Tweet Line is a solid Twitter client, but it wasn’t very stable on my Nexus 4, crashing several times while testing. Give it a spin on your own device to see how it fares.

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Multiple users: Premium version only.

Retweet: Both methods supported.

Images: Has ability to add images to tweets; tweeted images are shown in thumbnail form on timeline.

Price: Free with some limitations; $1.69 Premium version.

Overall: A-

Twidere [1.6+]

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Before getting into Twidere’s features, it’s important to note that Twidere automatically signs you up for a research on predicting social behavior. You will get a notification about it after logging in, where you’ll have the option to opt out if you’re not interested. On to the features!

Twidere is a great app if you have multiple users, but still wish to browse one unified timeline. Not only does Twidere lets you do this, it also gives these tweets different backgrounds so they’re easy to tell apart. Speaking of colors, you can easily assign colors to users for easier browsing, and add as many custom columns as you like complete with custom icons, names, etc. Custom filters are also available for users, keywords, sources, and links. Most elements on the screen can be moved around to create an interface that’s most suitable to you. The only weak point in Twidere’s interface is the ugly single user page, but this doesn’t make it any less useful. No matter what you do with the interface, Twidere’s looks remains clean and beautiful, bringing joy to your Twitter browsing.

Multiple users: Supported.

Retweet: Both methods supported.

Images: Has ability to add images to tweets; tweeted images are can be shown on timeline as thumbnail, large image, or not at all.

Price: Free, no ads.

Overall: A

Can’t Choose?

All of the above apps are good, so understandably, you’re going to have a hard time choosing one. I can help you with the following rough guidelines: if you don’t require many features or customizations, Hootie is an excellent choice. If you need extra customization options, and don’t have multiple users, give TweetLine a try. Overall, however, Twidere and Tweet Lanes are probably the best choices, and are recommended to any type of user.

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Do you know any Twitter gems for Android? Do you like Twitter’s native app, or are you always on the lookout for new things? Share your thoughts and recommendations below.

  1. Elisabeth
    September 27, 2013 at 9:37 am

    For privacy-conscious users, you could also specify to what information those apps demand access. My personal choice didn't depend only on functionality, but on which app didn't try to snoop on my phone contacts and such.

    • Yaara L
      September 27, 2013 at 2:31 pm

      Thanks Elisabeth!

  2. Tim
    August 13, 2013 at 5:46 pm

    Thanks for the list!

    The link for Tweet Lanes points to TweetLine on Google Play

    • Yaara Lancet
      August 14, 2013 at 11:43 am

      Oops! Funny no one mentioned this up until now. Fixed it, thanks!

  3. Mike
    July 9, 2013 at 10:37 am

    I recently started using Carbon on my Android phone. It is far from perfect but I do like using it. I will try Tweet Lanes and see how it compares. Thanks for the article! I would also love to see alternatives for TweetDeck for iPad since that is not around anymore. Not sure if there is anything comparable.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 9, 2013 at 5:20 pm

      I think we have an article about that coming up. :) Stay tuned!

    • Mike
      July 17, 2013 at 2:27 pm

      I am back to say that Tweet Lanes is awesome! Not perfect yet, but it seems like they are still working on it. I have been through a bunch of Twitter clients for my Android phone, and this is by far my favorite. It is not yet the most powerful free option, but it is on its way.

      • Yaara Lancet
        July 17, 2013 at 2:41 pm

        Thanks for coming back and sharing! I'm really glad you liked one of the apps in the post.

        Also, did you see the iPad post that was published yesterday? Just what you wanted. :)

        • Mike
          July 18, 2013 at 12:39 am

          Of course I did - RSS nerd, here. Glad to see Tweetbot still getting the respect it deserves. It is my app of choice on iPad. It has great support for lists. I guess I am just imagining the sliding columns of Tweet Lanes added to Tweetbot as the perfect app.

  4. pablortega (@pablortega)
    July 8, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    I use Janetter free. It has one add in the top of your TL but is really not than intrusive. I really like how it display pictures in tweets and it is really fast.

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=net.janesoft.janetter.android.free&hl=en

    There is a Pro version but at 7 dollars it is a litle bit overpriced compared to other clients

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks!

  5. J
    July 8, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I've been using HootSuite for a while now due to it's support of multiple accounts, scheduled tweets, and good retweet / reply support. However, it's always been a bit unpredictable.

    Tweet Lanes sounds like a contender. Just downloaded and installed for a test drive.

    Thanks for the list!

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 9, 2013 at 5:19 pm

      Awesome, I'd be happy to hear what you think of it.

  6. Demola
    July 8, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I used Twidere. And I do not regret it in any way. Yes, it is annoying that you get signed up for a research program, but the moment you login (once) you get a notification and turn it off.

    I used FP but it was too data hungry.

  7. LadyDi
    July 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I am afraid of any twitter app that is more than just a twitter app (i.e. ads, research this or that, etc). With that said, I do not know if you posted which phone you tested it on or not? Did I miss that somewhere?

    I used Touituer (sp??) before it became Plume. That french name was sexy. When they changed the name, all was lost for me. TweetDeck for mobile had been the replacement until recently when that became extinct. I still use and love the desktop version. I'm using Falcon Pro and with his recent rant and then removal from GP, I though all would be lost. Not so, it is a stable app but just when he added multi accounts, I could not get it to work as the war with GP was right in the middle of it all. I never did get a 2nd acct set up before all the tokens were used up and seems I never will.

    I am not creating an app to get 100K tokens or whatever it is as I am not that geeky. So for my 2nd account I use the free version of UberSocial which is irritating with the ads. I need to go ahead and pay for it BUT... I was kind of holding out for JV to get FP working properly. Ah well... we shall see...

    Thanks for this great article. I use those mentioned on 2 Samsung Galaxy devices - SGSII and a GT2.

    • Yaara Lancet
      July 9, 2013 at 5:18 pm

      I mention it in passing, but it should have been more prominent. I tested the apps on a Nexus 4.

      Thanks for sharing your experience! I think you will enjoy the apps mentioned in the article, and if the research thing turns you off, I recommend Tweet Lanes the most.

      • LadyDi
        July 10, 2013 at 3:11 am

        Yaara, I will keep those in mind as I have linked the article to my G+ crew. Till hanging on to FP and US until...

        Thank you for the reply and letting me know which phone you tested these apps on. Great information.

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