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Echofon Heads to Android – Try the Public Beta Now!

Naan Studios is bringing Echofon, a popular iOS Twitter app, to Android! They recently tweeted a link to the first public beta for Echofon for Android. It looks 10xs better than the iOS version of the app. We’re glad to see the team go with Android’s holo-theme, a look inline with the latest versions of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich and Jellybean.

Echofon Beta for Android Echofon Beta for Android

Remember this is a beta app. There are quite a few bugs and crashes to be expected. Echofon crashed on me within my first 5 minutes of using it. Also expect ads, which can be removed for all of 7 seconds before reappearing.

Echofon for Android offers a nice list of features to start such as:

  • Multiple account support
  • Jellybean notifications (for Android 4.1+)
  • 4 Homescreen Widgets
  • Pull down to refresh
  • Tap and hold tweets for action menu
  • View conversation (in tweet view)
  • Standard RT or RT with a comment
  • Delete all threads in a DM
  • View media in tweets (mainly pictures)

As you can see, the features are fairly standard, but the app could still use some work. A better job could be done to help users manage their Twitter lists. Private profiles can’t be viewed in the app. There’s no integration with bookmarking services like Instapaper or Pocket. You have to rely on Android’s share feature for all of your sharing needs. If you’re used to using gestures to get into hidden menus, Echofon for Android is the complete opposite. You need to tap and hold your finger over a tweet to find those hidden menus.

This is not a great app for Twitter power users. However, if you’re tired of the official Twitter app and want something simplistic, Echofon beta for Android is worth the download.

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About Corvida

Founder of SheGeeks.net, Co-founder of TheSocialGeeks Podcast, EverythingTwitter.com, and a noted Influential Woman in Technology (FastCompany 09), I like telling people what really matters in technology and social media. SheGeeks.net is a where I share my findings, experiences, and beliefs about technology for others to learn from. @Corvida on Twitter Corvida on Facebook Corvida Raven on Google

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