Updated 22 May, 2013, 9:27 pm IST
Carbon for Android to be launched this month, for free
| by Anuradha Shetty |
News has it that Carbon, the fairly popular, third-party Twitter client for webOS arrives for Android this month. Confirming it in a blog post on Google+, developers Dots & Lines have revealed that Carbon is expected to be added to Google Play in the week of July 22nd and the best part is that it will be available for free. In the official post, the developers have further revealed that a few weeks after they posted a video offering a sneak peek of the app in March, they learnt that they would not be able to introduce paid apps to the store from the UAE. During the period from April - May, they had put their project 'on a state of hiatus'. They add, "We were told that Google IO12 would have announcements for new countries that could publish paid apps through Google Play, but that still hasn't happened."
It was then that they decided to offer their app for free. 'A premium free app', it comes sans any ads. On its blog the company has declared, "We believe that ads cripple the experience no matter how efficiently done, it's just wrong on an app that users use all day long." Explaining further the decision to introduce it as a free app, they add, "Going free, doesn't mean watering the app down, but a mean to get the app that we've been working on for a long time, designs that went through endless iterations and tweaking to be experienced out there by our eager friends who've been waiting for months."
View a sneak peek video of the app:
The developers initially had planned to get the public Beta version of the app out in the week of July 7th, a decision they say they "failed to deliver, badly." The version slated to come in the week of July 22nd isn't the Beta, but the "V1", as they put it. In the post, they go on to reveal that those who have been trying out the Alpha version of the app will receive the Beta builds, before the final version is released on the scheduled date.
The popular microblog has its own app for the Android platform too, which it recently upgraded to version 3.3. One of the biggest additions to the app is content previews. Tweets with links are expanded to give the reader a better glimpse at the content, similar to how Twitter shows previews for images. The app will now show snippets from Etsy, Kickstarter, Vimeo, and others. Notifications have also been improved. Users now have the option to get a notification whenever a certain twitter user tweets. The search and autocomplete functions have been improved.
Recently, we reported about Nokia Series 40 handset users getting new, free Twitter for Nokia app. The new app offers instant news and updates from friends, industry experts and celebrities. This app aims to bring the rich functionality found in the Twitter app for smartphones to the Series 40 Nokia phones. Twitter for Nokia allows you to post and follow tweets, alongside the @Connect feature which enables you to view your @mentions and new followers. Users can also browse the most interesting tweets from around the world using the #Discover feature.
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