Carbon for Android

Some good news tonight for everyone waiting on the Carbon for Android Twitter client. Release is nigh! Developer Dots & Lines let loose tonight on Google+ for the first time since offering up a teaser video nearly four months ago, announcing that Carbon is aiming for release the week of July 22. And what's more -- it's going to be free. 

That's not to say it's not going to be a full-featured Twitter client. We've been fortunate to use a couple early versions for a number of weeks now. And even with the odd bug and a number of features not yet active (hey, it's alpha testing after all) we're more than a little excited about this one. The design is top notch, the scrolling is to die for.

So why's it going to be free if it's so awesome? Dots & Lines is based in the UAE and had expected Google to allow paid apps from that country by now. That hasn't happened. Instead of waiting, we all get to benefit. (Here's to hoping there's a donation version, too. Perhaps an in-app option?) And it gets even better -- no pesky ads, either. 

Says Dots & Lines:

So, we finally decided to make it a free app. Yep, a premium free app. No Ads (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). 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.

Dots & Lines goes on to say that what hits Google Play the week of July 22 won't be a beta test, either. It'll be a full-blow version 1 build. Those of us with test builds (and we really can't wait for everyone else to get to try Carbon) should see an update in the next week or so, ahead of the public release. We're counting the days.

Source: +Carbon for Android

There are 31 comments

mgavina23 says:

are there any videos of it on an android device? i tried searching on youtube and i only see wp7 and webos phones.

i watched a video of it being used on a windows phone and it seems pretty nice. cant wait to try it out once it gets released on android.

Tsudeily says:

Phil links to a post earlier this year with a video attached.

mgavina23 says:


brianm76 says:

Carbon was my go to Twitter App on Windows Phone. If there are similarities, many will want to use it.

icu says:

I have been eager to try this out - I'm a TweetDark man atm, but I've been very interested in Tweet Lanes which I saw Phil and raygun01 tweeting about. That app is shapping up very well, but last I tried it was no saving my place in the stream. Get that sorted and a dark theme (I agree Phil) and it could be a winner.
It follows "the guidelines" well and I like the contextual tweet box ("VolScroll" makes me chuckle a bit tbh)

mechaphil says:

No Twitter app handles multiple account management like Plume (if I'm wrong, point me to other clients please), that and autocorrect are why I use it.

If Carbon or any other app can handle multiple accounts in merged columns, autocorrect, and list management, show me the way.

Seesmic handles posting from multiple accounts (and facebook and fb pages) really well. Reading is still single stream, iirc.

tdesai4 says:

is reading in ssingle stream on Seemic on available in paid version?

donniejett says:

Man, I can't wait for this! I've been watching and waiting since day 1

I've been waiting for this. Thanks for the heads up Phil.

wgpeter says:

I knew nothing about this till the post. Looks amazing! Thanks for the heads up!

mkstvns says:

Does it have push notifications? Or, if not, is it expected?

That's been the biggest issue for me. I'm a big fan of Boid (it's not perfect yet, but the lads are doing good work to get it there), but it doesn't have push notifications yet, and that's pretty much a deal breaker for me.

Carbon looks quite handsome too, but no amount of handsome design and clever features is going to get me using a Twitter app that doesn't have notifications, y'know?

That said, I certainly don't blame the devs for that. The Boid guys have been waiting for Twitter to give them access to push notifications for quite a while now, so it's not like they're not trying!

mechaphil says:

I thought only the official Twitter app had push notifications and all the rest had poll notifications?

Tanknspank says:

Many iPhone twitter apps have push. Even Robot Bird for Android has it. There are ways of getting it, but lately twitter has been very reluctant to let other apps use some of the features. probably so that their default app looks better.

But, for those curious, Boid is apparently ready to release it's next update with push. We'll see however.

jazzbassist1 says:

I definitely want to try it out, but I'm not going to lie, it's going to have to be pretty spectacular to pull me away from (social)scope. That app is the most beautiful app on my phone and it's a beta version.

XavierMatt says:

I agree but they need to work on making notification better and adding Google plus integration.

scratchfwb says:

I use Plumes as well and used Carbon for years on Webos and loved it. My issue with Plume is i don't like multi feeds in one view default. I have several work accounts and a personal account. When i choose to just view my personal account, then close Twitter, it defaults back to the multi feed when I reopen. I wish it reopened with last view setting.

ba_hamilton says:

So many twitter apps. I've been using Plume but TweetLanes is pretty sweet.

icu says:

At the moment I think Plume is the top app (that I've tried and I've tried a bunch) it's just more app than I need.

I currently like TweetDark (same as TweakDeck or even TweetDeck) for it's clean and simple interface and the ability to have multiple accounts (FB included) in a single stream.

This allows me to AVOID FACEBOOK, but still get a peek into what my friends are doing and pics they post.

+1 for a donation version.

I understand why they were unable to continue webOS development and I want to support them here. I just hope they remembered to pack their awesomesause.

Carbon was superb on webOS and I cannot wait to get it on my Android device. I rarely bother with Twitter on my phone atm. Carbon will change that.

SkinsFan1987 says:

I wouldn't mind giving this a try. I like Socialscope, but I do want to try something different.

xstex_ says:

Put up a donation link and I'll donate

dwd3885 says:

Does Carbon work on the Nexus 7?

Darrkman says:

Damn...looking at all the replies. Am I the only one using Tweetcaster Pro??

armeddroid says:

So where is the app?
It is now the 26th.

ro1224 says:

IDK, but it seems like they got a bit pissed off. On August 5th they posted to their Twitter feed. "nope, no more tweets until we tweet "it's out, go get it". Last I read, they ran into some issues with the app and then they went silent. Some folks have been relentless with their commentary and I think that only made things go sour. Just the same, they shouldn't keep us in the dark, especially for an app that lots of folks seem excited about. That's just a bad move, IMHO. :)

DaX05 says:

It's already August & no news on Carbon's release.

chocmatic says:

I'm guessing they are going to wait until they can get paid for the app, instead of releasing it for free.

I'm guessing that Dots & Lines will just wait for Windows phone 8 to drop and just skip Android altogether.

I'm sure this is a good program, but what is so special about it compared to an app like Tweetdeck?
Tweetdeck is free, it has a chrome addon to synch with my pc as well as my phone, it allows multiple social netwoks and feeds. It even lets you manage lists of people you dont follow but may be interested in reading news about.