We knew Twitter was working on a client for Android, and now it's available. The new app appears to be integrated with the OS very well. It allows for tweeting directly from the Gallery app. There's also a timeline widget for your home screen and if you want, you can see your friends' latest tweets from your contact list, GoogleTalk list, or any other application that uses Android’s QuickContact bar.
Twitter worked with the Android team to make this app happen, and Google plans to open source the code used in the app in the near future. It appears that developers will get access to a set of standard Twitter APIs for their own applications as well.
Unfortunately for users with slightly older handsets, you'll need Android 2.1 to use the new Twitter app.
Twitter for Android: Robots like to share too
When we tweet what’s happening around us, we share not only our thoughts, but also web pages, photos, videos, location...anything. Mobile phones are increasingly part of our lives, and we seem to be doing everything but making phone calls. Reading the news, watching a YouTube video, and taking photos at events like the World Cup are things we expect to do on mobile phones – sharing our experiences on these little screens should be just as easy and fast as on big ones.
When apps work well with each other, sharing becomes as second nature on machines as it does in person. The Android platform is really good at that, and we’ve worked with the Android team to make it super easy to share what’s happening. Today we are excited to announce that Twitter for Android is available in Android Market!
Twitter for Android is a fantastic application to use, and sharing any link or photo is super simple too – just look for the share button in your favorite application and choose Twitter.
Reading tweets is easy in a bunch of places on your phone. Quickly access your timeline with the home screen widget, view a tweet location on a map, and see your friend’s latest tweet in your phonebook, GoogleTalk list or any application that uses Android’s QuickContact bar.
We had a great time working with the Android team and are thrilled that Google will be open sourcing the code used in this app in the near future. We look forward to the amazing experiences developers will create using Twitter APIs in their upcoming Android apps.
This is just the beginning. We’ll be creating more great ways to read, find, and share what's happening on your Android phone soon!
(The Twitter for Android app is available for phones running Android 2.1 and above - just scan the barcode to the right. Don't forget, you can always visit http://mobile.twitter.com/ on your phone to use Twitter)