Twitter has gradually taken over from Facebook as the social network of choice for the people. Ease of usage, limited things to do, chance to interact with people from your niche even though you may not know them are just some of the reasons why twitter has become the social media of choice, at least for those who like to keep up with all the recent happenings in life. Most of the big stories today are broken on Twitter even before they reach the news agencies or some of the more traditional forms of media. As a result, having the right Twitter client can be extremely important.
Here are the five top Twitter Clients for Android that you must check out:
If you are a hobby Tweeter or just like to read tweets to keep up the pace with the community, TFA or Twitter for Android is a fantastic client which is available for free. Another big advantage that official Twitter app has that there are no restrictions on number of API calls it can make, so there will never be an issue of you exceeding the number of tokens in a short period of time. Not just this, TFA is also the only Twitter client which brings a very detailed listing of your Twitter notifications. You get to know when somebody has followed you, retweeted you, favorited a tweet as well as get tailored notifications for your favorite people as and when they tweet. This is rather useful if you like to stay on top of your notifications. We always advise everyone to definitely have TFA on their device at least for the notifications and maybe use a third party client to make use of some of the other features they might bring like muting, tweetmarking etc.
Plume is one of the very best third part Twitter Clients for Android. There is a free version of the application which supports ads, as well as a paid version which we highly recommend purchasing. The application has several good features like adding colors to tweets, connecting your Pocket account to easily share tweets to that, Tweetmarking setup so that other apps which use Tweetmarker will know till where have you read the timeline, theme options as well as features to mute people or certain keywords which are extremely important. Plume for Twitter is perhaps the most complete Twitter client after TFA but it does have an issue with draining a lot of battery. However, disabling auto refresh in the background is a good way of getting around this problem.
Echofon is perhaps the only Twitter Client that is available for both iOS and Android devices. So, if you use an iPad or an iPhone and are moving to an Android device, then Echofon would perhaps be the best app to help to keep sync between the two platforms. Just like Plume, there is a free as well as a paid version of the application available. The free version does support ads. If you are using an AMOLED device, then we highly recommend using Echofon with its black theme. It is perhaps one of the most beautiful experiences of running through the timeline and the white text literally feels like it is floating on display. This also makes for one of the most energy efficient experiences of browsing Twitter. You have the ability to mute users, receive notifications for mentions and DMs as well as managing multiple accounts on Echofon.
Robird for Twitter is the best Twitter client if you are planning to use Twitter on an Android tablet. Unlike most of the other Twitter apps, Robird has a dedicated tablet UI which takes advantage of the extra screen estate on tablets making the whole experience richer. One gripe we have Robird is that it does not have an auto link shortener, so if somebody has shared a huge link, it will display as it is, instead of condensing it. The application also has push notifications and background syncing as well as the ability to keep your Timeline streaming. You have the mute option for both keywords and users as well as the support for the Pebble smartwatch built right in the application.
Tweedle is perhaps the cleanest designed Twitter apps out there. It is in stark contrast to the over populated and cramped up interfaces of TFA and Plume. First look at Tweedle, and you get a feeling, this what a Google designed Twitter app would look like. It has the same minimalistic UI that we have seen in places like Google Now and other Google services. However, there are a couple of limitations with the app as it does not have support for streaming or drafts. You cannot make lists from within the app and neither can you report abuse from within the application. Apart from that the app is solid, extremely good looking, not too heavy on the memory and best of all, available for absolutely free.
These were the five twitter applications that we always ended up going back to after trying several of them out. Each of these apps has a strong point when compared to the others. Since there are just so many good Twitter Clients for Android, we would like to give special mentions to the likes of Tweetlanes, Talon, Carbon, Twicca and Twidere which have also impressed us.
Which Twitter client do you use everyday? Do let us know in the section below as we love to hear from you.