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Review: Falcon Pro for Android, the New King of Twitter Apps

Over the weekend, Falcon Pro, a Twitter client for Android devices, left beta testing and was released to the Google Play store as version 1.0. Initially launching as a widget, there were enough requests to turn it into a full blown app, that the developer obliged. After spending just a couple of days with it, and while exchanging feature requests with the developer, I can easily say that this is my new favorite Twitter app. 

The best part about Falcon Pro, is the gesture swiping from left to right. With a quick swipe from the left, you can access your timeline, mentions, DMs, favorites, initiate a search, or tweak settings. With a quick swipe from the right, you can access all of your lists, see what’s trending on Twitter, and find local hot topics. It’s so simple, yet so incredibly polished, that you almost wonder what every other Twitter developer has been doing.

It also allows you to view media in your timeline and access a built-in browser so that you don’t have to constantly leave and re-enter the app. But beyond all of the features, the app looks fantastic. It’s minimal, but incredibly fluid and smooth. It has a big future ahead of it as well, since themes, better notification controls, and standard Twitter functions (Ex: deleting, better conversations, and muting) have yet to be included.

For $1.03, you won’t find a better deal on an Android app.

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  • http://twitter.com/PumpkinBred Pumpkin

    I’ll stick with UBerSocial. It’s got all those features plus multiple account functionality.

  • KRS_Won

    What ever happened to Carbon for Android?

  • http://twitter.com/amaroth Bret Yates

    in the play store its telling me its 1.99 now. is it still worth 2 bucks

  • KOBALT

    Twitter is lame. The only reason I’m on is so I can follow the devs for the latest releases. Otherwise, it’s useless.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ISKQ5E7CZL5IUGCHTZJA2PBQZU Adam

    upto I looked at the draft ov $4606, I didnt believe that my friends brother was truly making money in their spare time on their computer.. there dads buddy haz done this for only 1 year and by now cleared the loans on there villa and purchased a great Ford Focus. read more at, Acℯ60.ℂℴℳ

  • http://twitter.com/jdrch jdrch

    A Twitter app that’s missing major core features and isn’t free is king? Ha, you can’t be serious.

  • FortitudineVincimus

    Twitter is stupid.

  • Adam F.

    I still love Echofon :)

    • BubbleSort

      Push notifications are what keep me with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=674902817 Zach Davis

    Tried out the beta for this, as soon as I heard it was on Play, I bought it immediately. Definitely my top twitter app now

  • http://www.facebook.com/zapote21 Luis Reich

    Its my new #1 twitter app on my N10 and SGS3… Didnt think anything could replace Plume but I was wrong…

  • Adam Zimmerman

    Where can I get the wallpaper in this video!?!?!?!?!

  • http://www.kovdev.com/ kover

    I’m still waiting for a twitter client to come along that can get me to stop using Tweetdeck. It still has the easiest navigation for someone who has multiple accounts. Having the ability to swipe between timeline/mention columns for each account is the main reason I have yet to abandon.

  • William Generette

    What will impress me is if it will be updated 6 months from now. Everyone starts out the gate strong, but many don’t last.

  • Leb3r

    You got ripped off, I bought it for $1.02. :)

  • Adam Zimmerman

    Haha that’s awesome that was my tweet he pulled up in this video about using different apps in multi window on note 2 for vzw. Thanks for the air time!

  • Ryan Frankenstein

    tweetcaster pro is still the king in my book. but this app is way sexier and slick as snot. once it has all the must have features put in place i’ll be fully switched over.

  • Droidzilla

    Anyone else read this as, “FALCON PRO!” You know, like when Cpt. Falcon says, “Falcon Punch!” in Super Smash Bros.?

  • Korey Page

    Yeah been using Plume for awhile and I always try other Twitter clients out. Somehow someway I end up back to using Plume.

  • Scott Bowen

    it’s very clean. I’ve left Slice for this. Navigation is a breeze with the app.

  • Barski

    Please make a Facebook app Joaquim Vergès! It’d be the best!

  • Bretton Key

    I would like the ability to add color to my TL, like colors to highlight tweets from select users.
    But Falcon is a really nice Twitter app, plus it just runs so efficently

  • http://profiles.google.com/adamtruelove Adam Truelove

    I can’t find an app that can hold a candle to Tweetlanes, including this one.

  • Andrew Merewitz

    I think Plume does all of these.

  • http://twitter.com/ChrisJBatson Chris Batson

    I bought it a couple of days ago. Best twitter app by far. Dev is very responsive also

  • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

    Honestly I can’t see how this is better than Plume (on a tablet), other that the snazier UI.

    If it had multi-column support (and a less obnoxious notification icon) I might jump ship.

  • JDHokie

    Haven’t found a reason to switch from TweetCaster Pro, but if I do, I’ll give this a try.

  • Jeff B

    Awesome app, just downloaded it after watching you vid, best twitter app out there

  • http://twitter.com/panther90 Sam Oerly

    I like it but I need some sort of column support like Tweetdeck has for the news and users I check constantly. Is anything like that planned?

  • http://twitter.com/afgbruins21 Arian

    Notifications are great, albeit a little slow, but I will wait for 1. A widget just for composing a tweet 2. Muting. Until then, tweetcaster is my Twitter app. But this as a widget is awesome

  • Sakina Solomon

    Definitely my new go to twitter app. It’s well written with a super clean ui. Former Plumer.

  • http://twitter.com/DrLovePiston Roy Psy.D., M.D.

    Bought it. Its missing mute, multi image upload, an image viewer, block or report for spam, a dedicated widget among many other things. How can you call it king? Someone got paid for this article.

    • Teng Taing

      they made another app for the widget which is free called Falcon Widget. I paired it with the Pro and works wonders. Im an Ex Plume user

      • http://twitter.com/DrLovePiston Roy Psy.D., M.D.

        True but this means you need two apps puling in data when one could be doing it.

        • trixnkix637

          Technically the widget came first months ago. This new Pro app is something for those who wanted a standalone app. You don’t need both. It’s more of a consumer’s preference if you will.

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      it just left beta, all those things are on the list of features to add. even without them, this is my new go-to app to twitter! its awesome and the integrated web browser is epic!

    • PhoenixPath

      Thought it seems like you’re already firmly in the “hate it” camp, I’ll let you know anyway:

      The widget existed *well* before the client. Falcon for Twitter has been around for a while as a full-featured client for twitter…in widget-only form. Falcon Pro is an attempt to take the good things from that widget and make it an full app. The widget itself still melds very will with the full-app.

      • http://twitter.com/DrLovePiston Roy Psy.D., M.D.

        I bought it. How can I hate it? I actually own most clients. Just think this is kind of premature calling it “KING”. I’m just stating that its missing features. Matter of fact this last update removed some instead of adding them.

        • PhoenixPath

          “I bought it. How can I hate it? I actually own most clients. ”

          Owning them apparently doesn’t equate to knowing about them. Hence your complaint about lack of a widget…

          • http://twitter.com/DrLovePiston Roy Psy.D., M.D.

            So you are telling me that it has a dedicated widget? That it is not a completely separate app that will be pulling in data at intervals? If that is the case I have learned something, as I know nothing about the app.

          • PhoenixPath

            lmao…

            “So you are telling me that it has a dedicated widget? ”

            Yep. Couple of times now.

            “That it is not a completely separate app that will be pulling in data at intervals?”

            Nope. Never said that. How much data do you think a twitter app (even two of them) is pulling, by the way?

            Anything else?

    • Ryan Ball

      It’s brand new and new features keep getting added. If you check out the XDA post on it there’s a TODO list for it

    • http://katzmatt.com/ Matt Katzenberger

      >block or report for spam

      That one is definitely an oversight.

  • http://twitter.com/Phaze08 Cody Revels

    Been using the beta for a couple weeks. This has all the good features that you need yet the dev is still adding new things

  • John Zandig

    that looks like crap. Tweetbot ftw!

    • http://twitter.com/redbullcat Phil Oakley

      …and you appear to be someone who uses iOS and not Android.

  • DJyoSNOW

    notifications? I’m still testing that out?

  • Blaine Wildrick

    agreed! i followed it through BETA and purchased the day after release. i really enjoy it and how simple everything is!

  • John

    This that much better than Plume?

    • http://www.vinsonimages.com yamaha83

      way better!!

    • Steven Pelech

      Yes. I used plume for a long long time, and kept coming back to it after trying Slices, Tweetlanes etc. Falcon feels more refined than Plume, and doesn’t seem to get bogged down on my Gnex. It’s come a long way in a short amount of time, and has everything I use. Some people have complained about it sometimes being a bit behind in updating (see: notifications on new tweets), but I’m personally not addicted to twitter enough to need that. Otherwise it has what you need, but lacks some more advanced features plume may have

    • http://androidforums.com/members/kwest12.html kwest12

      Based on the write-up, it looks like Falcon has a long ways to go before it catches up to Plume, which truthfully isn’t very surprising given that Plume is one of the top Twitter clients and has been around for years, while Falcon is just now coming out of beta. All of Falcon’s strengths mentioned in the article are also featured by Plume. Most of Falcon’s ‘coming features’ mentioned here are already in Plume. I still may give it a try after a few updates.

      • dsignori

        My thoughts exactly. Plume has all this and does it better IMO. Falcon is pretty good, Plume is great.

        That said, the scrolling on Falcon is much better. I never understood why Plume’s scrolling hasn’t improved much over time …

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      Plume…. I like Plume but it will take a lot to DRAG me away from TweetCaster Pro.

      • John A

        Im glad Im not the only one who thinks this. I was beginning to wonder what I was not seeing. I have those three apps on my phone. Tweetcaster Pro as my go to app, Plume for the beautiful widget and Falcon Pro just to see what all the fuss was about. Falcon Pro is my 3rd favourite out of three.

    • mtkregs

      No. Plume has much more functionality. I think the Falcon Pro UI looks nicer and scrolling is smoother, although not perfect. It has promise, but calling it the “king” is a bit premature.

      • John

        Ya. That’s sort of what I was thinking as well. It’ll be cool to see the progression the dev makes with this app.

  • Dr_Buttballs

    Been using the beta for a few weeks. Surprisingly I’ve been using Twitter more often because I enjoy Falcon’s interface so much.

  • Kunal Patel

    Falcon Pro is amazing. I downloaded it this weekend. Well worth it.

    It’s definitely taken over from Plume for me. Plume’s most recent updates have left the app very buggy for me and a little cluttered to be honest.

    • Chris Pinola

      i agree, but tweetmarker integration is what keeps me coming back

      • mtkregs

        Both Plume and Falcon Pro have tweetmarker integration.

        • Chris Pinola

          just discovered that, pardon my ignorance! just got falcon, lovin’ it so far :)

  • http://twitter.com/litobirdy litobirdy

    kellex, you seem to have a massive hard on for this app lol

  • KleenDroid

    Amazing

    • http://twitter.com/LucasNJohnson Lucas Johnson

      i love you

      • KleenDroid

        I have a soft spot in my heart for you too.