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There are TweetDeck clients for the desktop, iPhone and the iPad; Android owners listen up as a beta version will be out tomorrow. I’ve been running it on my EVO 4G for a while, and here’s my quick take on TweetDeck for Android.

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TweetDeck is one of those apps I have open all day long, as I follow my friends’ tweets every chance I get. The multi-column approach of TweetDeck sets it apart from other desktop clients, and makes it a very useful way to interact with Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Foursquare and MySpace. Until now, the app had a mobile client for only the iPhone and the iPad, but a beta Android version will be out tomorrow. I’ve been running an early beta on my EVO 4G for a while, and the following is my quick take on TweetDeck for Android.

I should start by pointing out this is a very early beta version of TweetDeck for Android, and lots of features that will make it into the final product are not implemented yet. It’s been stable for me, howver, so I recommend giving it a try if you’re a TweetDeck fan like I am.

The Android version follows the multiple column format of TweetDeck, with one update column onscreen at a time. Swiping to the side slides the adjacent column onto the display for interaction. The columns available in this beta are Home (timeline), Me (mentions) and Direct Messages.

The Home column is the standard TweetDeck timeline showing updates, with additional functionality. On the Android version, the Home column is a blended timeline, combining updates from all social networks the user has defined in the app. This currently covers Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, and Google Buzz. Updates for each service are displayed in the Home screen, each in a unique color:

  • Twitter- dark charcoal
  • Facebook- dark blue
  • Foursquare- light blue
  • Buzz- dark red

The Me column is the standard TweetDeck Mentions column, displaying all tweets where the defined user is mentioned specifically. It’s also augmented in the Android version to show information from the other networks: Facebook (likes and disklikes) and Buzz updates on the user’s content.

This early beta is limited in function, but the developers will make incremental updates over the next few weeks to bring it up to speed. Network accounts defined in TweetDeck for Android cannot currently be removed, so don’t add them unless you’re sure you want them for the time being.

There’s also no way to set the background notification interval, so if you don’t want TweetDeck using network access at will, you need to Quit the app through the Menu button while it’s running. There’s no way to change the display settings, and currently, tweets appear awfully large on the screen. This has the unfortunate result of allowing only a few items to display at once, a big limitation. Hopefully, the TweetDeck folks will provide a way to customize this soon.

Overall, this has been very stable for such an early beta version. Operation is fast and smooth, and I’ve not run into any killer bugs. I can barely wait for the developers to flesh out TweetDeck for the Android platform.

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  1. I’m glad it appears to be stable for Android. Now if they could just do the same for the iPad version.

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  2. Leaked version of Android TweetDeck is an old build, recommend you avoid until real beta drops tomorrow.

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    1. Yes. the build I am testing is the latest direct from TweetDeck.

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  3. Like others I’m sure, I’ve been waiting for this. Using current Droid apps for Twitter are like walking with a rock in your shoe. You can do it, but its just not comfortable or efficient.

    Hopefully they will provide a way to manage the different platforms from a single host someday as well.

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    1. Couldn’t agree more, I’ve actually opted not to attempt to use any other app as this remains our app of choice for all things @Twitter. Not sure if it will be required to wait till a stable version is produced as the commenter mentioned above. Why? @tweetdeck has done an outstanding job fixing any and all issues to include adding features. Don’t think they’ll drop the ball anytime soon. It will be a welcome addition for sure. Cheers, @Mrhyperpcs

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  4. Do you know whether this version of Tweetdeck will have Myspace and LinkedIn at any point?

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    1. Not for sure, but they will likely give it parity with other versions in that regard.

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  5. Just bought my new android.
    You’ve made my day, tweetdeck used to crash my computer, but as you have stated it always was a lovely app. Looking forward to retrying it afresh on the Xperia.

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  6. professordaddyo Wednesday, August 11, 2010

    When is this ready? Anyone know? I can’t wait.

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    1. The beta will go live tomorrow.

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