Best Android Twitter apps for both casual and power users

Best Android Twitter apps for both casual and power users
Twitter is one of the more strange social networks around, mostly because there's a wide range of ways to use the service. Facebook is polarizing, but it's clear what the platform is primarily for: stalking your real-life friends. Instagram makes it images-only and expands the stalking circle from just your friends to celebrities as well. Twitter can do both of those as well as following topics, news sources, brands and more, which makes it more open and more complex.

Because of this, finding the right Twitter app can be challenging. Each app has its own strengths and weaknesses depending on how you use the service. There is no shortage of pretty good Twitter apps available in the Google Play Store, including Twidere, Plume, Tweetcaster, Tweetings, Yapping, and many more. If you happen to like one of those, that's fine. They are solid apps though none really excel in any particular way, and some have issues of not keeping their design as modern as you might expect. 

For everyone else, or if you're just starting out with Twitter, there are some other options that you might want to consider. Starting off, for the casual user, you probably want to start off with the official Twitter app:


Now, keep in mind that while the official Twitter app does offer a nice suite of features for many users, and it is free, one thing that we would note is that the app seems to fundamentally misunderstand some of the basic user pain points when using Twitter. Chief among those is usually the signal-to-noise ratio in a Twitter feed.

Once you start following a certain number of accounts, your home Twitter feed will become overwhelming and you're almost guaranteed to miss content. The official Twitter app tries to solve this with the Highlights feature that surfaces the most active tweets from people you follow, but for many this is likely a weak solution to the issue. 

The far better option to make sense of your Twitter feed is by creating lists to organize your feed how you want. Unfortunately, once you do this you'll notice a big issue with the official Twitter app: it makes it annoyingly difficult to access your lists by burying the option in a menu, so getting to a specific list or switching between lists can be cumbersome. Other apps make it much easier.

For list-junkies and power users


For example, TweetCaster, while not one of our favorite Twitter apps because the UI feels like it hasn't been updated in years and the whole experience needs a fresh coat of paint, is the only app that has a so-called "Smart Lists" feature which promises to make the initial act of organizing your feed into lists easier. In practice, you create a list, then search for a topic to easily add users to that list. 

It is super easy, so maybe just use TweetCaster for your first setup of making a list, then move on to one of the real top-tier Twitter apps for Android: Talon and Fenix. There is some discussion on what is the absolute best option of those two, but one of those will likely be your best all-around option depending on slight differences in preference.

Talon


Talon gets a nod for a better notification experience overall. In our (not terribly rigorous) testing, Talon tended to pop up notifications faster than other apps, even with refresh cycles set to the same intervals. And, Talon also gives more options to deal with notifications from the system tray including retweeting and replying to messages directly in Android N. 

Talon also has a nice option to let you completely customize the layout of your experience including adding columns to both the left and right of your main page. Fenix also lets you do this, but we prefer Talon because the customization screen is laid out just like the main app allowing you to get a better feel of your layout as you're setting it up. 

Talon does come with a price tag of $3.99.


Fenix


Fenix is for users who have multiple Twitter accounts. The official Twitter app supports multiple accounts but actually using it is a mess where it's hard to switch back and forth and widgets are trouble too. Talon also supports multiple accounts but fails in one key aspect that Fenix doesn't: widgets. 

Fenix is one of the few Twitter apps for Android that not only offers a wide range of customization options, but also allows you to have widgets from different accounts on the same homescreen. With other apps, you have to choose which account will be represented in a widget, but with Fenix you choose the account shown as you're placing the widget, so you can set it up however you want. 

Additionally, Fenix is one of the few 3rd-party apps that has GIF search built in to easily embed GIFs in a tweet or message just like in the official app. 

Fenix will cost you $2.99.


Warning

Falcon Pro 3


Falcon Pro 3 is a legacy pick which we still love and many other lists will still have Falcon Pro as one of the best, but be aware that it is likely an abandoned app, which is why we're not even linking to it. The app hasn't been updated since December 2015 and developer Joaquim Verg├Ęs was hired by Twitter to make its official app not quite so terrible (which he seems to have one well,) so while this app is still solid now, it won't age well. 

Falcon Pro still gets a slight edge above the competition in terms of UI design. Whereas Talon and Fenix can be a bit confusing to navigate because certain visual cues are missing. Falcon Pro makes good use of the left drawer as an activity/notification tray with quick links to messages and followers, and the right drawer for easy navigation to lists

But, for some reason, Falcon Pro 3 doesn't have a widget which might rankle some users. It is also one of the more expensive options at $3.99 to set up one account and an additional $1.99 per every extra account. And, as noted, the app is unlikely to ever be updated again. 


Honorable mentions


Maybe you're not in the market for a power user option, but the official Twitter app isn't your speed either. In that case, we'd suggest either Finch (free) or Flamingo (99 cents). Finch is one of the few apps where direct messages are designed like a back-and-forth conversation rather than a normal Twitter timeline, and notifications are fast. Whereas Flamingo offers great use of Google's Material Design aesthetic without costing as much as apps like Fenix or Talon. 

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9 Comments

1. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

im surprised there is no mention of tweetings ... fantastic app

4. bizwhizzy

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

"There is no shortage of pretty good Twitter apps available in the Google Play Store, including Twidere, Plume, Tweetcaster, Tweetings, Yapping, and many more."

6. AgentZero

Posts: 314; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

yea saw that , but using it felt better than fenix to be honest .. waaaaay more customization

7. alphabets

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Could not agree more about Tweetings. Updated almost daily by the dev. Great app!

8. bizwhizzy

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

I'll admit that Tweetings has a ton of customization, but I hated the way it handled lists. It was far too clunky in letting me put lists as my default navigation tabs. It's got a ton of promise though and I could definitely see it grabbing a top spot with some updates

9. bizwhizzy

Posts: 51; Member since: Aug 04, 2011

I'll admit that Tweetings has a ton of customization, but I hated the way it handled lists. It was far too clunky in letting me put lists as my default navigation tabs. It's got a ton of promise though and I could definitely see it grabbing a top spot with some updates

2. jellmoo

Posts: 2583; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

I find the official app to be something of a battery hog. I use Fenix most of the time these days, even though my needs are pretty simple, because it does a great job at what I need.

3. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Then there is twitter.com for those who don't want any apps having access to other files.

5. Krjal

Posts: 429; Member since: Dec 19, 2013

That's a good point. You can revoke the app's permissions as of marshmallow though.

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