DEAL: Fenix for Twitter Drops to $2.99 ($2.50 Off)

While we’re out here getting all excited about Flamingo, the shiny new Twitter toy on Android, we shouldn’t forget about Fenix and its revived self. Still one of the best Twitter apps available, Fenix has never been cheap. Today, though, you can pick-up one of our favorites for just $2.99, a steep discount from its usual $5.49 price tag.

Why do we love Fenix? It’s powerful, has a great UI, gets regular updates, supports multiple accounts and gestures everywhere, has TweetMarker and Readability support, includes timeline and mentions widgets, and is on Twitter’s list of apps that should be able to add new subscribers forever, unlike others who have run into token problems in the past.  (more…)

Flamingo is Just Another Twitter Client, But It’s Awesome

Twitter clients are a dime a dozen, but the new Flamingo beta app on Google Play has us pretty excited about its potential. Even with Twitter making its Material Design UI refresh official for all Android users, it’s never a bad thing to test the waters. If you have been hesitant to try any 3rd-party Twitter clients, such as Fenix or Falcon, Flamingo might be a good one for you to start with. If you happen to consider yourself a 3rd-party Twitter app expert, then you definitely need to try Flamingo.

While still in beta, having used it most of this morning, the app is insanely stable and full of working functions. For example, there is an entire theme manager built into the app (included is a theme that looks as if was handcrafted for Droid Life), superb Night Mode with time functionality, as well as a comprehensive notification settings menu. (more…)

Twitter for Android Gets a New Look With FAB, Swipe-Able Columns

Twitter for Android is getting a major update today that introduces a new UI to better align with “the best of Android.” That really just means that Twitter is ditching their previously confusing UI for a column-style approach that can be swiped through, a navigation drawer, and a floating action button (FAB) for spamming off poop emoji in a hurry.

This update has actually been in beta for a few weeks and I have had a chance to play with it quite a bit. It is 100% an improvement over the previous versions of Twitter that I always found to be a confusing mess to use. I wonder if Joaquim (of Falcon Pro fame) had anything to do with the update? Hmmm. Hmmm. (Looks below at animated GIF) HMMMMM.  (more…)

Twitter Makes it Official, Media and Replies Using “@” No Longer Count Towards 140 Character Limit

Earlier this month, it was reported that Twitter would soon stop counting links, photos, mentions, and other things towards your 140 character limit when composing a tweet. Twitter made these changes official this morning, hopefully bringing an end to compacting words and sentences to make them fit within the confines of 140 characters.

Once these changes take place, over the next few months according to Twitter, replies with @names and media attachments (photos, GIFs, videos, polls) will no longer count. (more…)

Twitter is Testing an Automatic Night Mode UI

Apparently in the very early stages of testing, Twitter is working to bring an automatic Night Mode to the official Android application. Available only to a select number of alpha testers, the app’s UI will automatically change to a darker appearance, which should be easier on the eyes at night time. As it is right now, the standard white UI is the only option available to users of the Twitter app. Once available for all, the UI should consist primarily of a dark blue background with white text.  (more…)

Twitter May Soon Stop Counting Links and Images Against Your 140 Character Limit

According to a source familiar with Twitter’s upcoming plan who spoke with Bloomberg, the company will soon stop counting links to the web and images against your 140-character tweet limit. For the longest time, Twitter has counted any added links and photos against your limit, leaving less room for actual words. In a change that could happen within the next couple of weeks, folks may soon see more words, links, and photos.  (more…)

Twitter Overhauls the Connect Tab, Shows Improved Recommendations

Starting this week, users of the standard Twitter app will be treated to an overhauled Connect tab, which is the tab used for finding new people to follow. Usually, Twitter recommends a few brands for you to follow, as well as people you might interact with on the service. According to Twitter, folks should begin to see better recommendations following an update to the app.

Not only should the recommendations be a bit better, but profile text will also be accompanied with the standard name and profile picture, giving you a better understanding of why you are seeing these users as recommended. For example, if you follow a certain sports team, you might be recommended to follow that team’s press core, giving you more insider info on that team. (more…)