Carbon Twitter App Escapes WebOS Graveyard, Appears on Windows Phone 7
What do you do if you’ve poured your heart and soul into developing an app, and then the whole environment is shelved? If you’re Carbon developers dots and lines, you begin work on a port to a more vibrant platform.
After months of development and more than a few rejection letters from Microsoft, the Carbon Twitter client that was so lauded on WebOS has returned to life in the Windows Phone Marketplace.
I’ve tried it out on my flat-mate’s Lumia 800, and it offers a number of improvements on the stock Twitter client for Windows Phone, most notably excellent in-line images and video previews. It’s also much prettier than the default client, with its WebOS roots updated with rather excellent Metro styling. There are good shortcuts for many common tasks, including a double tap to respond gesture (there’s more to come, we’re told).
Of course, there’s also support for advanced features like image uploads, multiple accounts and URL shortening, among others. The app also comes with well done live tiles, with options for a Compose Tile (for writing new tweets), Search Tiles (for seeing incoming tweets on a given subject) and normal tiles that just show the most recent tweets from accounts you’re following.
The app is soon to be updated to version 1.2 next week, which should bring with it a rather interesting ‘quote’ gesture – just draw quotation marks around a tweet, and it’ll be instantly retweeted – awesome. The new version will be accompanied by a trial option so you can test it out before parting with your hard earned monies. Push notifications are also apparently on the agenda for a future update.
Carbon is also being ported to Android phones, so all you Android users out there will soon be able to get the metallic taste of Carbon too. Carbon is available as a paid app for $1.99 in the US or £1.49 in the UK for Windows Phone users now.
What do you think of the new app – have you tried it on Windows Phone or even on WebOS? Let us know your thoughts via the comments below.