Carbon for Twitter app now available for Android

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Feb 032013

It has been a while in coming but Dots & Lines have at last launched their Carbon for Twitter Android app. It features a timeline design that aims to put everything on one screen to cut down on having to switch between views to get all your information.

The idea behind the design in Carbon has always been giving our users access to all of their Twitter content in one screen without the need to drill down to different screens to get them. Timeline, Mentions, Messages on the home screen, an extended Lists, Favorites, Trends as an extended screen to the main screen. All there.

Carbon for Twitter

Despite being an initial release, it appears to be full-featured already. It supports a number of features including threaded direct messages, support for multiple accounts, filters for hashtags, users, and keywords, and more. For now, there is one limitation that may keep you from installing this first version on some of your devices: There is no tablet support yet. It looks like Dots & Lines will develop a tablet-specific app but there is no ETA yet.

Future updates will add more customisable options and settings and non-Twitter options. Best of all and as promised, Carbon for Twitter is available for free. That includes no ads, this is the full version of the app.

Here’s hoping that Carbon for Twitter puts an end to the revolving door of Twitter apps on Gadgetorama’s smartphones.

Read more: Google Play

Twitter for BlackBerry updated to version 4.0

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Dec 182012

TwitterAnother piece fell into place today ahead of January 30th‘s BlackBerry 10 launch. Twitter today released a new version of its native BlackBerry app, bringing with it a number of features seen for a while on its website and other devices.

Among the new features are the “Connect” and “Discover” tabs first introduced by Twitter about a year ago. Connect shows you who retweeted, favorited and followed you, and gathers all your mentions in one place. Discover will show you Trends, “Who to follow” suggestions, and make it easier to browse categories.

Twitter for BlackBerry v4.0

Other enhancements include an updated user interface and navigation bar.

Twitter for BlackBerry v4.0 is free download from BlackBerry App World. If you don’t see it immediately, check back regularly as it should be available shortly.

Read more: Inside BlackBerry Blog

Nokia warns Samsung: “Take note” of next generation Lumia

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Aug 162012

Nokia, along with Microsoft, will unveil their first Windows Phone 8 smartphone (and perhaps more than one) at their upcoming September 5th event. Now the company is serving notice that it expects big things of its upcoming lineup. Recently appointed VP of Sales and Marketing Chris Weber took to Twitter to warn Samsung in particular:

As The Verge points out, Nokia is either feeling very confident about its upcoming devices or desperate to “deliver a truly market-leading device.”

As for why Nokia would call out Samsung specifically, it is after all the company to which it lost the largest handset manufacturer crown earlier this year. It looks like Nokia is not quite ready to let Samsung hang on to the title without a fight.

Read more: Chris Weber [via Twitter] (Source: The Verge)

Rumour: Apple considering stake in Twitter (Updated)

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Jul 282012

AppleA report by The New York Times indicates that Apple could make a strategic investment in Twitter. Citing ” people briefed on the matter,” it adds that Apple considered investing hundreds of millions of dollars into the social media company. Negotiations have stopped for now but the companies continue to work together on integrating Twitter features into Apple’s products.

Apple CEO Tim Cook recently recognized the value of social media. “Apple doesn’t have to own a social network. But does Apple need to be social? Yes,” he recently said.

Apple’s own music-centric service Ping has not caught on with users. Rumours even suggest that it will be removed from the next major version of iTunes. Competitors meanwhile have been making their own inroads in the area. Microsoft owns a small claim in Facebook and Google has launched its own service, Google+.

Apple’s deal is based on Twitter being worth more than US$10 billion. A year ago, Twitter was valued at US$8.4 billion.

Update: A separate report by The Wall Street Journal suggests that rather than discussions taking place in “recent months.” they actually took place “more than a year ago.” It adds that no further discussions have taken place since.

Read more: The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal

Upcoming Carbon for Android to be free

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Jul 142012

Developer Dots & Lines shared a promising preview of the upcoming Carbon for Android Twitter client back in March. Since then, there’s been little news and no release date. Yesterday, the developer took to Google+ once more to provide an update.

Dots & Lines, based in UAE, put the project on hold for nearly two months after finding out that they would not be able to publish it to Google Play as a paid application because of their location. They hoped that Google I/O 2012 would have some good news for them on this front but they were disappointed once more. Instead of letting the project , they have now come to a decision most will like. Carbon for Android will be a free app!

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.

And more good news: Dots & Lines expects to have Carbon for Android available in Google Play the week of July 22nd. This will not be a beta version either but the full first version.

Anyone else marking their calendars?

Read more: Carbon for Android [via Google+]

Video preview of upcoming Carbon Twitter app for Android

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Mar 272012

The Carbon Twitter app debuted on webOS and became a favourite on that platform. It has since been ported to Windows Phone and is now headed to Android as well. This version meets the design guidelines outlined by Google for Android 4.0 and looks very promising. Development is still underway but the Carbon team has released a sneak peek video:

There is no word yet on specific availability and pricing. Rest assured that we will keep you posted…

Read more: Carbon for Android (Source: Android Police)

Twitter acquires TweetDeck

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May 252011


TweetDeck announced today that it had been acquired by Twitter after several weeks of such rumours. The deal was completed yesterday and sources estimate it at over US$40 million in cash and stock. According to Iain Dodsworth, TweetDeck Founder and CEO:

The past three years have been an epic journey, with many highs and lows, accompanied by the constant thrill of never really knowing what to expect next. We’ve grown from one team member and a single user, to a team of fifteen and a user-base of millions. The reason for this growth is simple – our unwavering focus on providing high-quality tools and services for the Twitter-centric power-user. This has always been our core audience – the most active, influential and valuable users of Twitter and social media in general. Quality over quantity.

It is precisely for this reason that Twitter has acquired TweetDeck. The mainstream Twitter user-base is well catered for by and the official mobile clients. And by becoming part of the official platform, TweetDeck will now fill that role for brands, influencers, the highly active and anyone that just needs “more power”.

It remains to be seen what is in store for TweetDeck now. Twitter already has official apps for iOS and Android so I also wonder how TweetDeck will fit into this picture.

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