Best Free Twitter Apps & Widgets for Android 2014
With Twitter becoming more and more of an all around app, it seems that there isn’t a need for a 3rd party app or widget anymore. Or is there? Can these third party apps deliver what the official app does? Can they boost performance and offer a better experience? Well that’s what we are about to find out. Personally I find the official Twitter app to be confusing and frustrating. Here are the best free Twitter apps & widgets for android that I think are a must have, or try at least.
1. Falcon Widget
Price: Free & Donation (for $1.99 CAD, no more features, just a donation to the app)
Falcon widget is a professional looking widget that adds a lot of functionality to your home screen without opening an app. It can do anything a full fledged app can do, but from your home screen. This is my favourite Twitter replacement as I do not have to open a separate app. Here are a few main features;
- Read your Timeline / mentions and post without even opening an app
- Open web pages (internal browser), pictures, videos and replies from any tweet in one tap
- Open any other Twitter app from the widget
- Shows # of tweets since last checked
- 4 Themes
- Color pickers for text and links
So for those looking for a full app replacement, this is obviously not for you. Just a widget, it’s all you get. Everything is done from your home screen. Minimalistic & simple, yet extremely effective.
2. Plume (formally Touiteur)
Price: Free & $5.59CAD (Removes ads)
Plume is probably the best official Twitter replacement app out there. And it looks great. It’s made by the same people who made “Beautiful Widgets”. It has beautiful looking widgets (well duh) as well. 4 of them to be exact. I personally like Falcon widget better because of the lack of ads, though Plume definitely has more functionality to it and is a better all around program. Here are some key features
- Colorize your timeline/friends from Twitter
- Multiple twitter accounts support
- Scrollable widgets to display your twitter timeline on your home
- Lockscreen widget (Android 4.2+)
- Mute twitter users, word or applications
- Facebook timeline & posting
- Live Streaming in app
- Picture preview in timeline, large view of images with pinch to zoom
- Internal browser
- Share photo with Twitter, Twitpic, YFrog, Mobypicture, MyPict.me
- Bit.ly support for your URLs
- Inline twitter conversation
Price: Free & Pro (in-app purchase for $9.99 a month)
HootSuite is another all-in-one social media app & widget for Twitter. It also boasts to handle more social sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn & Four Squared. It says google+ is also in the works. I like how you can post directly to a Facebook page where most apps only let you post directly to the main account. Though I found it a bit bloated personally, it has tons of features. Way more than I need. It is still better than the official Twitter app. Here are some main features;
- Publish and share photos to all your social networks at once
- AutoSchedule messages to automatically post them at the best time of day
- Receive optional notifications for Twitter and Facebook updates when people mention your brand or talk about keywords you follow
- Shorten links with Ow.ly and track click-through stat report analytics
- Tweet from multiple Twitter accounts or schedule tweets for Twitter accounts.
- Post to Facebook Profiles and Pages or schedule Facebook posts
All in all, hootsuite seems to be aimed more at business’s and/or promoters, but will definitely work for the individual hassle free.
4. Tweet Lanes
Tweet Lanes is another Twitter replacement app in which the only main difference is looks. There are plenty of ways to customize your app in that way though. You can change the Theme, size, what you see, what you don’t see, big pictures, small pictures, you name it. That’s the main sell point of this app. It looks how you want it to look. Sadly, this app does not come with a corresponding widget, which personally, I think all social media apps should include these days. It also allows you to use your app.net account. Here are some key features.
- Large media previews & option to turn off media previews.
- Added option to use display urls rather than full URLs.
- @ username and hashtag autocomplete!
- Tweet Spotlight
- Lane customization
- Save images to SD card
As you can see, it doesn’t really offer anything more than what the official Twitter app does, but, like I said, it’s all about looks.
Price: Free (open source)
Twidere is all about customization. Much like Tweet Lanes, you can change how everything looks. The first time you log in, you have a nifty tutorial on how to set up your Twidere. As you select your options, it displays your changes in real time before you finalize your settings (you can always change it later). Once you are done changing your themes and colors, you then add what tabs you want to see. Timelines, messages, trends, etc. Once you pick your tabs, you then can change what you want to see on those tabs. Like I said, this is customizable. Probably a little bit more than Tweet Lanes. I actually like Twidere more and would recommend it more, except for the fact, Twidere is not designed for Identi.ca/StatusNet. In order to use “Activity” tab and avoid rate limit, you have to change your consumer key/secret to official ones, by default. There is also no widget available for Twidere but you can create a shortcut to your home screen for compose message for quick tweets. Here are some key features.
- Customize theme color
- Dual pane layout for Tablets
- Image preview (disabled by default in order to reduce network usage)
- Built in image viewer and map viewer
- Custom tabs
- Profile banner(header) image support
- Direct messages with conversation style
- Filters (mute unwanted tweets)
- Drafts feature
- t.co link auto expanding
- Multiple account support
- Custom OAuth consumer key/secret
- TCP DNS query and custom host mapping to fight against censorship
- Open source, NO ads, forever!
And there you have it. Those are my top 5 Twitter replacement apps & widgets. Try them out! If you have a different one that you think I should have here, post in the comments below. Who knows, maybe I missed some. I tested a ton of twitter replacement apps to the point I almost have to re-root my Note 3 (I don’t have to, I know how to delete the files directly, sarcasm ftw). If you have an app that you think I should do a complete review on, send me a message or put it in the comments also!