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One of the most popular Twitter clients on Android, Falcon Pro, has come back to the Play Store. The app was removed after problems with Twitter’s token limit, but the new v3 update promises to have dealt with that issue.

Falcon Pro has always been hailed as one of the most gorgeous Android apps Three Gorgeous Apps That Give iOS a Run For Its Money [Android] Three Gorgeous Apps That Give iOS a Run For Its Money [Android] iOS hasn’t changed very much in appearance for the past few years - but it is beautiful. There’s an innate elegance and smoothness to many iOS apps; something that can’t really be captured in words,... Read More , and Falcon Pro 3 (FP3) lives up to its billing with a complete overhaul following Android Lollipop’s material design guidelines Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? Exploring Android L: What Exactly Is Material Design? You may have heard about Android L and Material Design, but what exactly is this new design philosophy and how will it affect Android and other Google products? Read More . The app looks gorgeous, but several features are still missing, so you might not want to pay for it just yet.

Download: Falcon Pro 3 for Android

What’s New And What’s Missing In Falcon Pro 3?

The design makeover is propped up by several changes under the hood that make FP3 blazing fast. In a side-by-side comparison with other apps like Robird and Plume, FP3 came out on top in smoothness while switching columns and scrolling.

You can use multiple Twitter accounts and tweet from them at the same time. The Compose box is actually quite cool, especially since it shows you a preview of your image gallery to quickly attach a photo.

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The Interactions pane shows you mentions, retweets and favourites — not something you get in most Twitter clients apart from the official app.

Timelines and lists are beautiful to browse and feature media previews. However, there isn’t a built-in browser, like what you get in Talon, a feature-packed but fluid Twitter app Talon Is A Feature-Packed Yet Fast Twitter App For Android Talon Is A Feature-Packed Yet Fast Twitter App For Android Talon manages to find a balance between looks and functionality. Read More .

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However, the number of missing items in FP3 is far too high to make it worth the $4 and upwards you have to pay.

There is a lot more that is missing in FP3, which almost makes it feel like an incomplete app. Right now, you are probably better off skipping this one and choosing something else, especially since Falcon Pro is not free.

Yes, It’s Paid — Even If You Bought The Old Version

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FP3 is free to download, and you can try out a few free lists to see what it looks like. But if you want to use your own account, you’ll have to pay $3.99 as an in-app purchase. FP3 supports multiple accounts, but each additional account is another $1.99 — presumably, this is to stop people from abusing the Twitter token limit.

The bad news is that if you had paid for Falcon Pro in the past, you’ll have to fork over your money all over again. It’s a move reminiscent of the beautiful iOS Twitter app Tweetbot 3 Tweetbot 3 for iOS 7: The Best Mobile Twitter Experience Tweetbot 3 for iOS 7: The Best Mobile Twitter Experience If you're a Twitter addict who is constantly checking the micro-blogging network, it makes sense to ensure you have the best possible Twitter experience. That’s exactly what Tweetbot 3 for iOS 7 offers. Read More , which charged existing users for an upgrade to the new version. Developer Joaquim Verges’s Google+ post about the app release is full of disgruntled existing customers who don’t think they should have to pay for the upgrade.

Lifehacker writer Eric Ravenscraft offers a different perspective: “It’s work to create software. I don’t think it’s right to say it’s ‘unfair’ for a developer to get paid for an entirely new version of an app. You can’t reasonably expect that paying less than $5 for something once guarantees you get free development work for the rest of your life.”

Do you think Verges is justified in charging existing customers for Falcon Pro 3? Would you pay if you already had the old Falcon Pro? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

  1. Sid
    February 22, 2015 at 8:47 am

    There ARE interactions available in the main timeline. Long press the tweet and the options pop up underneath (reply, re-tweet etc)

  2. Sachin Gopal
    January 17, 2015 at 3:35 am

    I loved falcon pro but I hate the fact that there is no upgrade discount. What's next after 6 months create one more app once clicker blocks it and charge existing customers, come on man. There will be thousand of clients and if Verges fails to understand the basic idea of keeping customers, he is not there in business for long. At-least lost one: Me.

    • tkoreaper
      May 13, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Is $3.99 really THAT big of a deal to you? You act as if this app developer is pushing out new versions every few months... SMH.

  3. Rene
    January 16, 2015 at 6:16 am

    Homeboy won't be a new thing having to pay for updated redesigned apps that we already paid... Don't get me wrong I (as of right now) Dunt mind for buying an updated version of an app cause I still have the liberty to decide if I want to pay for itif I really like the previous app. I never had Falcon pro before but I did buy Talon for twitter (Classic) and as well bought Talon for Twitter plus (the L version). But the problem here is the in-app purchase I really dislike. The problem is that if I don't like the app there's no guarantee that I'll be able to get a refund and thats the main reason that I won't buy the app... But nice to see that he's back...

  4. Jamie
    January 14, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    I jumped in yesterday and I'm glad I did. FP3 is gorgeous.

    It's true that it's not finished yet but I'm confident that the dev is listening to users as he goes. Settings were added in the update I received an hour or so after I signed up and there was a bug fix update today.

    It already does most things I need (custom tabs are essential for viewing my lists) I'm enjoying it and looking forward to seeing more!

  5. krackr
    January 14, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Whether to pay or not? Debatable. Yes the developer does deserve to be compensated for his or her efforts. And why not. But to be fair to the users, it may do well to ensure that a clause is included in the purchase licence offering a finite number of free updates or upgrades. That way the buyer knows that he will have to pay in the future. The buyer needs to make an informed decision.
    By the way, do we get a new car when the next variant comes out?

  6. Mordalo
    January 14, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I bought the old version of FP. It's the best Twitter client I tested, and I tested several. I still use it to this day.

    Should the developer want users to pay again for this new version, I've no problem with it, but I won't pay for what seems to be "beta" software. Other reviews and comments I've read about the new app says it seems rushed, like it was released too soon. If that's the case, and it's not ready, then the author...who has every right to charge for his work, I won't deny that...should consider putting that on hold until the app is "more developed", as it were.

    I can still use the current version, and will for the forseeable future. I'll watch FP3, tho, and once the kinks are worked out, maybe in a few more releases, I'll consider investing in it.

    • Auss
      February 27, 2015 at 10:37 pm

      What version do you have?? Currently?

    • Mordalo
      February 28, 2015 at 1:24 am

      2.1.3.2

      • Andrexx
        March 5, 2016 at 12:08 am

        Moraldo: Slightly off-topic, but I'm running the same version. The article mentions about v3, "No customizable notifications, which was one of the big draws of the earlier version." If you know how to activate individual notifications, I'd appreciate the info. Thanks.

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