Third-party Twitter clients are a dime a dozen, but not all come with multiplatform support. One fine example of a feature-rich cross-platform Twitter app is that of Janetter. Initially available to Windows and iOS users, Janetter has eventually made its way to the Google Play Store to add to the list of ever-increasing unofficial Android Twitter clients, such as Slices, TweetLine, Plume, TweetCaster, TweetPixx, Boid and numerous others. Although not entirely Holo-themed, the app attracts with its clean and simple looks, and a well-laid out design. It contains almost all the goodies that an impulsive tweeter would love to have in their favorite Twitter client. However, the specialty of Janetter lies in a couple of features that it brings to the table; the first of which is the intuitive manner in which it lets users sift through their bookmarked items by just swiping sideways on the app’s home screen. Each bookmarked item gets added to the main UI in the form of a separate screen, and can be interacted with in a couple of ways. Other salient features of the app comprise multi-account support with option to check updates for the desired account without having to log out of the current one, complete Lists support, customizable actions for tap and long-press gestures, option to Mute content by keywords, users or apps, option to save composed tweets as drafts, enhanced search feature, previews of photo-containing tweets, user-selected photo upload service and a whole lot more.
By default, the app offers you three different home screens, each allowing you instant access to your Twitter Timeline, @Mentions and Direct Messages with a mere swipe. As you keep bookmarking items, the app increments the total screen count by one. To bookmark an item, all you need to do is hit the button in the bottom-center, or use the + button in the bottom-right, tapping which also lets you reload the page content, jump to unread tweets on that page, save your search or clear the tweets altogether. Each screen is represented by a color-coded bar at the bottom, where orange indicates that a certain screen contains some unread items, whereas green indicates a normal screen with no new items.
By default, tapping a tweet reveals an action bar comprising customary Twitter tools, such as reply, share, retweet, add to favorites, initiate a conversation, open embedded links, and copy link to tweet etc. On the other hand, long pressing a tweet opens a menu containing all the embedded links; however, as said earlier, you can customize actions associated with both gestures from the app’s preferences screen. The tweeting screen sports some conventional features, including the option to add photos, #hashtags, geo-tagging, and saving the tweet as draft.
The buttons at the top- and bottom-left of the app’s home screen reveal its main menu that presents you with several tabs, allowing you to jump to your Twitter Timeline, @Mentions, Direct Messages, user Profile, trending topics, search options, the app’s settings screen, account management screen, your Lists, saved searches, and all the Muted content.
Despite being a regular Slices user, I have to admit that Janetter is quite impressive in its own respect, but still has a long way to go to become a full-fledged Android Twitter client. For instance, as of now, a homescreen widget is missing. Also, there is no option to post tweets longer than the conventional 140-character count. A native browser, if added to the mix, will also do the app’s repute a world of good. However, all in all, it’s a steady start for a debut release that promises to go a long way.
The Android variant of Janetter is available in the Google Play Store as a free, as well as a $6.99 edition. While the free version supports ads, and allows adding up to just 3 accounts, the paid equivalent is not only free of any ads, but also allows registering a maximum of 7 different Twitter accounts.