Mike Lewis | Feb 03 2013 08:30 PM
We have all seen our share of vaporware that has become reality over the past few years. We remember that time when we all waited breathlessly for Duke Nukem Forever or Chinese Democracy only to be disappointed. Carbon for Android has long been called vaporware in that same vain. Until today. Unlike Duke Nukem or Axel Rose's last attempt to be Guns n Roses, Carbon so far has lived up to its self made hype.
Carbon for Android's Twitter account on Sunday afternoon blasted that they had pushed the application to the Google Play Store. Sure enough, the talk was over and finally the actual application has been released. For those still in the Twittersphere, rejoice, we have a new and free Twitter client for our devices. I am positive the devs working on Carbon are very excited to see this application finally reach fruition.
My first impression of this classic Web OS application is the sleek, dark interface. I do enjoy the smoothness as the application scrolls, the embedded pictures, and the multiple account access. It lacks a lot of power features such as notification update times, alternate themes, picture hosting, retweeting options, URL shortening and so on. It could also use a ton of Holo integration, but the swiping UI seems to make that an acceptable omission. Otherwise, this is a smooth collaboration with the dots & lines team and hopefully they will continue to support and expand the application.
The app is free in the Google Play Store, but I'm hoping over time and with Google's help, the developers will be able to sell a paid version in the Play Store. I highly recommend downloading this application especially for casual Twitter users. Over time this app will continue to improve and may become a powerhouse among others in the Twitter for Android ecosystem.
Here are the full list of initial features:
- Tilt Timeline to Refresh
- Power Scroll: Scroll/Swipe up or down using Two fingers to jump to top or bottom of Timelines
- Tap+Hold on Tweets to make everything clickable right on the Timeline
- QuickTimeline, home screen quick Timeline for Lists, Searches, Trends, etc...
- Rich Timelines with full inline images and videos
- Rich and HD style for User Profiles
- Rich and fun Conversation View
- Threaded Direct Messages
- Background updates with quick actions for Jelly Bean, per account
- Username Autocomplete
- Filters for Hashtags, Users, and Keywords