Device/App History-Retrieve Running Apps
Location- Approximate location (network-based)
Photos/Media/Files- Modify or Delete contents of your USB storage, Test access to Protected Storage
Run at startup
Full Network Access
View Network Connections
Draw over other Apps
So for the last week or so I have been using a very different third party Twitter app (sorry Fenix), and I have really enjoyed it. Usually a new Twitter client comes out and it uses the same features of all the rest and doesn’t bring anything new to the table. That is NOT the case with Tweet Balloon for Twitter. This app does what it is supposed to do, give you access to your Twitter account with all the normal features you expect; swipe to refresh, tap to top of the timeline, the basics. However, there are quite a few differences with Tweet Balloon that make it a very strong app.
First, lets start with the Developer. Sinan Kozak (@snnkzk) has come up with a great formula for success with his app. Ask the users for input, respond to the feedback and implement as many requests as possible. Want proof? I contacted Sinan on Twitter on 10 June asking about Themes, mainly because the UI and bright white were blinding me. The response came back in minutes. Shoot forward to the next day, themes are available in the new update so I can smoke out my Twitter feed. That is the winning formula for app developers, especially independent ones. Produce a solid app, build a community, get the input, and implement as much as you can.
Also in the new update, the ability to add more than one account to the app with easy one click switching. This is apparently important to some people. I can barely keep up with the one account I have, but I can see the purpose of having two accounts. I know what you are asking, what makes this app special? Well, I am getting to that next just had to praise the developer for being awesome.
So what makes Tweet Balloon different from all the rest of the Twitter clients available in the Play Store? It’s in the name, Balloon’s people. This awesome feature, (think Floatifications) allows you to pull your timeline into a balloon and have it over any app you have running. You can watch Netflix or catch the game through your sports app, all the while having your Twitter timeline sitting right on top. The balloon can be tapped to close, where it will conveniently tuck itself away on the side of the screen until you tap it again. To dismiss the balloon simply tap and slide down to the X at the bottom of the screen, pretty awesome right? Well it gets better, say you go through your timeline during a crucial game or TV show you are watching and see a hash tag you like and want to follow during the event, well put it in a balloon and follow along as you watch.
As of now, you can put the timeline, hash tags, user specific tweets, @mentions, lists, and your own tweets into balloons. This has to be the most feature rich Twitter client I have seen available in forever. Add to that, it’s FREE in the play store right now. Of course, since you are going to love it so much there is the option in settings to donate to the developer through PayPal. The last little feature that I like about this app, you can hide certain areas of your feed. Say you don’t like swiping over and seeing all of your own tweets, go into settings and hide it.
One feature I would love to see in the future if it is even possible is the ability to have more than one balloon on the screen at a time. I like being able to follow along with different hash tags or people at the same time. As of right now, I have to have my phone open for one and the computer open for another and follow that way. Add the ability to put more balloons on the screen at the same time and I could do all through my phone, which would be awesome. The UI is pretty straight forward; simple swipes get you where you need to go. With the added themes, the look can be customized a little to your liking. Added bonus, as soon as you type the (@) symbol in your tweet the app auto-populates a list of the people you follow for easy tagging. It also does this with hash tags, bringing up a list of trending and popular tags. Very handy feature to have for quick tweets.
Overall, definitely keeping this app on my home screen. Has become my event specific twitter client with strong push to replace my current one once I get over letting go of a paid app.