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Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest: they all offer official Android apps – but are those really the best mobile experience out there? Many users say no. Good thing there are so many unofficial clients.

It doesn’t matter if your favorite social network is Facebook or Twitter, Reddit or Pinterest – there’s an unofficial client for Android that can make your experience better. Which is right for you depends on what you’re looking for, but here are a bunch to start with.

Unofficial Facebook Clients For Android

Facebook’s Android app is famously terrible. It slows down many a device, constantly tries to use your GPS and insists on showing you random posts it deems “important” instead of the latest news you’re looking for. What’s an Android user to do?

Use something else. My colleague Joel outlined Facebook alternatives for Android Faster, Leaner, Better - Alternatives To The Android Facebook App Faster, Leaner, Better - Alternatives To The Android Facebook App Oh, the joys of having social media available to us at any time of day thanks to the advent of the smartphone. Facebook has always been (at least on the surface) about connecting with your... Read More – here are the best three apps he found.

Atrium

Atrium is fast, customizable and offers full support for Facebook chat. It’s the closest thing you can get to the official Facebook app without the show-stopping bugs.

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This is probably the unofficial app you should check first, to be honest, because of its combination of efficiency and features. Read more about Atrium Atrium: A Faster Facebook Client For Android Atrium: A Faster Facebook Client For Android Read More , if you’re interested.

Stream

This app isn’t aesthetically stunning, nor is it as feature-filled as Atrium. It is, however, fast. If you want to keep scrolling through your timeline without lag, Stream is worth checking out.

Friendcaster

With around 3 million downloads, Friendcaster must be doing something right. The interface is clean, and multiple Facebook accounts are supported – quickly switching accounts is not a problem.

Think of this as a compromise between the other two apps, if you’re looking for a balance between speed and function.

Twitter Clients

Sure: Twitter offers an official client, but it’s not well loved. It’s slow, it doesn’t work well on a tablet, and it occasionally makes changes that infuriate users (blue lines, anyone?) Happily there are a bunch of alternatives out there; let’s check them out.

Falcon Pro

Erez called Falcon Pro the perfect Twitter client, and it’s not hard to see why. This app simply looks good, and functions even better.

Images are embedded, meaning there’s no extra tap involved to see them. Links can even be read without leaving the timeline. If you want something clean and fast try this first.

The downside: drama. Falcon Pro used up all its tokens, and can no longer be found on Google Play. There are workarounds, but it’s unfortunately a hard program to get working if you didn’t buy it earlier this year.

Twicca

Try something simple. Twicca (reviewed here 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 ) scrolls quickly and is generally pretty easy to use. It’s a favorite of many, and it’s not hard to see why. Don’t let the clean interface fool you: there’s plenty of options to configure here.

One potential problem is the limited number of refreshes available: the app sometimes seems like it’s stuck in the past. That doesn’t mean that isn’t well worth checking out.

Ubersocial

Wish you could combine Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus? Ubersocial does just that Take Control Of Your Twitter Account With UberSocial [Android 2.1+] Take Control Of Your Twitter Account With UberSocial [Android 2.1+] Read More . This Twitter client also gives you access to Facebook’s news feed, making it a one stop shop for social networking goodness.

If you don’t want to check multiple apps for the same basic function – social networking – check this one out.

Plume

Want multiple accounts and columns? Tweetdeck for Android is no more, but Plume just might be the next best thing. Add columns and customize it however you like.

Reddit Clients

Reddit is famous for its humor, but it’s also pretty serious business. It’s one of the most-used sites in the world, but its mobile support is kind of terrible: there isn’t an official app. Luckily there are plenty of high-quality unofficial clients out there, if you know where to look.

RedReader

I called RedReader the best Android Reddit client RedReader: A Better Way To Browse Reddit [Android] RedReader: A Better Way To Browse Reddit [Android] Reddit's the best time sink on the web, with a community surrounding just about any topic (including some hilarious specific things) and a culture that helps spread and spawn some of the web's best humor.... Read More , and I’m sticking to that. It’s clean, lets you browse your timeline or any subreddit and is free and without ads.

I’d recommend checking RedReader out first, then moving on to something else if you dislike it. You probably won’t, though there is one minor annoyance: the need to manually refresh the timeline.

Reddit Is Fun

We’ve called Reddit Is Fun a great Android Reddit client Reddit Is Fun - A Great Android Reddit Client Reddit Is Fun - A Great Android Reddit Client Browse Reddit, Android-style. Reddit Is Fun is a free app for putting the best of Reddit at your fingertips. Sign in with your account and flip through your front page and favorite subreddits, or search... Read More , and before RedReader it was probably the best. It’s still well worth checking out, with an interface that’s arguably more consistent with Reddit itself.

Nothing is confusing here: buttons are clearly labeled. If you can use Reddit, you can use this.

Pinterest Client

Pinterest offers and official Android client, but what if you want to browse your pins offline? That’s the main selling point of Pinhog for Pinterest. This app offers other features, too, from creating Android live wallpapers from pin images to browsing for similar products using Google Glasses. If you love Pinterest you should at least try this out.

There’s more, right?

This is only the beginning. There are social networks we haven’t touched on, and apps for them we haven’t mentioned. What are you favorite unofficial Android tools for using social networks? Let us know so everyone else can explore them.

  1. Anon
    November 16, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Check out Flow for Reddit

  2. android underground
    October 30, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    The short version:
    Facebooking with Atrium sucks cos its ads are way too aggressive and they don't sell and ad-free version (yet). Friendcaster is somewhat better, but you'll miss out on content if your friends privacy settings don't allow for display in third party apps. This problem bites all alternative Facebook apps except those that work as wrappers around the Facebook website.
    For maximum Facebook with minimal overhead use Tinfoil.

    The long version (ten fb apps compared):
    http://androidunderground.blogspot.com/2013/03/android-facebook-apps-friendcaster.html

    I use Tinfoil on my phones. On my tablet I use the official Facebook client, but I tamed it with Greenify and X-privacy to stop Mark Zuckerberg from zucking my battery dry in the background.

  3. microm3gas
    October 29, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Hootesuite is good, but you should check out Reddit Flow. Still in Beta but has become my favorite over both of the apps you listed for Reddit.

    • Justin P
      October 29, 2013 at 2:49 pm

      That is a pretty great app. Do you mind if I write it up later? I could give you credit if you want. :)

  4. Glen
    October 28, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Twicca is the best tried

  5. Shafiq
    October 28, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I quite like Hootsuite to control both Twitter and Facebook posts...

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