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Carbon for Android
Simple, Dark, and a dash of elegance for your Twitter day-to-day pleasure.
Simple, Dark, and a dash of elegance for your Twitter day-to-day pleasure.


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Carbon v.2.3 is on the Play Store

After about Five months of having Carbon off of the Play Store, it’s back on the store once again. But, with a little update that comes with mostly fixes and a few welcome additions.

Changes n' fixes:

- Widened Quick Timeline that goes almost full-screen for users who use Lists and other Timelines
- Added a Composition button to the Quick Timeline
- Fixed Instagram previews
- Removed Twitpic from Image Services
- YouTube playback now defaults to full-screen
- Fixed cache bugs and settings mix-ups
- Overall quicker start-up time
- Lots o’ under-the-hood fixes and enhancements --housekeeping :)

Grab it from the Play Store.

Next, Material.

#CarbonUpdate   #AppUpdate   #Android #PlayStore
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Update v.2.2.1

Minor update with lots o' fixes n' an addition of Media search.

Additions, Fixes, and Changes - v.2.2.1

- Added title/topic to shared URLs
- Fixed “Grey Tweets” bug on Timelines
- Fixed Tweet Actions bug on Timelines
- Fixed the bug that caused single Taps to be taken as Double Taps
- Fixed the bug that prevented some Youtube videos from showing up
- Fixed Camera landscape freeze bug while composing Tweets
- Fixed Filter bug that let some users slip
- Removed “Quote Tap” option on Timelines
- Tweaked Contrast on Tweet Actions/Buttons
- General UI touch-ups

Jus' got it pushed to the Play Store, give it a minute n' you'll get it as soon as it's out there in the wires.

#Android   #Apps  #Updates #Changelog #Twitter
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Things that go unnoticed

Tiny small details could get you happy at times. Specially those that go totally unnoticed because they were second nature to users. The Direct Messages Timeline in Carbon is one of those for me. No body mentioned it, no body even noticed it. 

Here's the little change that went unnoticed. Instead of using an indicator that tells the users who sent the last message I used two Avatars, and whoever the sender was(either the user or the person he/she follows) would have their avatar as the top layer. So if you had the last word in the DM conversation your avatar shows on top while having your friend's under yours. Another change was not using an excerpt of the last message, but the whole message.

Not a single tweet or email about this change. I usually get either complaints about changes or suggestions. This one went unnoticed. And when such stuff happen, you can't help but say "Great Success!" in Borat voice.
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Update v.2.1.1 has jus' been submitted to Play Store

This is a minor update that adds a few tiny features and goes full SSL.

- Added “What’s New” to Settings Screen.
- Trends Locations are now sorted by Alphabet
- Fast scrolling with Alphabet Navigation
- Added Tweet options to Tweet View for Copying and Copying Link to Tweet
- Added System locale formatting to Numbers on User Profile for Tweets, Following, Followers and Listed counts.
- Added Favorites Count to Tweet View
- Full SSL
- General Interface touch-ups, contrast tweaks
- Fixed “In Reply To Tweet” Type style on Compose Screen
- Fixed User-Bio Type style on User Profile.
- Changed Type style on Followers/Following/Lists and Trends
- Tweet separator is added back
- Fixed the Typo on Settings Screen for “Condenced”

Get it when it's out in a few.
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The inevitable jus' happened.
As they say, it's not what happens but how you react and handle it.

So the inevitable at Twitter API side happened to +Carbon for Android . We all knew it was going to happen, we just didn't know when. Does that make my last two months of work on the v.2 lost? No! 

Doest it mean Twitter is evil? Probably not. So I don't wanna' see comments saying stuff like that. But, I wanna' see how to go forward or may be NOT.

Definitely not going for the stunts and the blame game and crying over it, that's how the obscure get known, we don't do that. +Carbon for Android v.2 is our 5th Twitter client, so believe me, it hurts, but I guess it's time to move on for REAL. Building clients business is no business. Open APIs happy hour is over. It's Make your own stuff time. A few might know about my Fitness service in the making, that's been taking most of my time lately. So, I've been ready for this and didn't put my eggs in the same basket, or somethin' like that?

How to go about Carbon now?

I'll keep the planned updates coming. I'll update app's description and warn users who download it that only those who had tokens can use it. And NO! I won't make a way for custom API keys, that's just going around the problem, and we don't cut corners when it comes to that.

And, time to turn the page. I really hope this won't be blogged about or talked about, because it was inevitable. And it's such a repeat topic anyways. 2014, let's move on.
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Update: v.2.0.8 is now live on Play Store

This is a quickie, a minor update addressing the feedback that we received regarding our Type styles on Timelines. This update brings a new option for users to select the Type style. While we never do that, we have never made any of the looks n' feel of our experiences configurable this one was necessary.

Another tiny fix on this version is the bug that prevented new accounts from showing on Home screen after adding them the first time.

#C2PointOh   #Carbon   #Update   #Android  
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Carbon for Android goes v2

The first version of Carbon was released on Android in February 2013, that’s about Ten months ago and some. Ever since then the landscape of Android design & experience has changed dramatically. With all the changes and with a Quarter Million users strong we had to cater to the changes. V2 was planned. We worked on it. And here it is. 

New Visual Style
The new style is based completely around the element Carbon, staying away from our heavily imitated vicious Hawk. Going crystal on this one!

The tone of the app changes with the style and this time around we’ve gone extra simple yet maintaining elegance and uniqueness.

Interface, we hate calling it UI
Never has Carbon been simpler although we’ve been always called “Minimalists” with v2, it’s taken to an extra mile of simplicity and liteness on the eyes. We cleaned up the textures, meshes and the background noise. Result is a clean Timeline.

Based around Three main timelines
We’re keeping it the same way. Timeline,@Mentions, and Direct Messages. Everything else are either a swipe or a maximum of Two taps away. That way we’re keeping the balance between power users and those who don’t utilize Lists and Searches.

Home screen is nothing but a Timeline of Tweets with a touch of personality of users’ own style, the Avatar. It’s the User & the Timeline. Nothing else.

Power-users Not Forgotten
With a lot of simplicity often comes canceling features and a narrow navigation. It was great challenge to maintain Super mode and Simple mode and having them in one experience. So Quick Timeline was reborn. A Timeline that acts like a Wild Card, you can load any type of Tweets on it from Favorites, Retweets, and Lists to Saved Searches. All just a swipe away from the right side of the screen, and it remembers its state with every time you open the app. A smart 4th column is what Tweetdeck users would call it.

Timeline Design
With v1, the concept was to have literally timeline-looking Timeline. That is with the lines that point out to to Times. A literal Timeline visual as opposed to the traditional list of rows on an app chrome. 

With the #C2PointOh it all changed. Even less chrome, and less markers. The idea was to make it even better read and skimmed through. We’ve taken @screenames& times to the bottom of the Tweets, adding more emphasis on users Avatars instead. Better typography and spacing.

Timeline Media, we go square on this one!
This had to be a big change based on our observations. When we designed the first Image preview style on Timeline(the one every Twitter app in the galaxy adopted) the landscape of Image uploads was different. Square photos were not the norm, now, square photos are the majority of the photos on our streams. Photos, videos and all of the media previews are now square on our Timelines, reducing the need to zooming in on photos as they show the whole thing right on the Timeline.

Instagram? Vine? Yup, specially for those two.

Quick Actions
As performance gets better we now are able to implement more stuff right on the Timeline. While we could’ve done these long ago, performance and jumpiness that such additions add to Timeline experience have been stopping us. Not anymore. We now have extra Quick Actions right on the Timeline. One tap and you have access to everything. Links, #Hashtags, and @Mentions become clickable and you’ll be able to operate on Tweets right from the Timeline.

One-tap access to the “Chaos Menu”
No overflow menu this time. Except, it’s a “Me” menu. One Menu that holds all of the personalization and “my” stuff. Profile, Retweets, Favorites, Lists, and other accounts in addition to Trends, Search, Mutes, and of course what would personalization be without Preferences. Oh, and if you have more than one account, it’s right here on the “Chaos Menu”.

New Tweet Screen
Again easier on the eye, less layout visuals and more content. We added Retweets to the mix and made conversations even simpler, a draggable drawer.

Even better Profile screens
While everyone’s celebrating the use of “Banners” we went old-school with this one, back to profile Backgrounds instead. Why? Banners are great for Landscape interfaces, where we have more width than height to use content, on a portrait experience such as Twitter? We decided, something more vertical would go better, specially that Background images have far higher resolutions usually and make for great backdrops.

If you have used our v.1, you’d know by now that v.2 is a brand-new experience rooted in the same dark Carbonic mines. The same core, different new and refreshing experience.

So what else does v.2 bring? 
Lots of under-the-hood re-design and fixings. Major performance enhancements specially for loading times and screen transitions.

A host of fixes and crashes are not fixed, specially the bug that prevented users from uploading photos on high mega-pixel phones. 

- Don’t Disturb Mode
- New Notification Ringtone
- Oxide(Black & White) Mode
- Enhanced Tweet Sizes Settings
- Users can now update their Avatars right from Carbon. 
- Retweet screen to see who retweeted your Tweets. 
- Better Trending Topics screen and handling
- Improved Hashtag Timeline
- New Compose Screen
- New Direct Message Screen
- Enhanced Vine Video Playback and Repeat
- Redesigned Widget
- Quote Tap gesture for quick RTs and Quotes
- Filters are now called Mutes

What’s next?
Our feature request lists are still long, we could go on for a long time if Twitter doesn’t stop us and enough folks keep donating to support the development.

So go get it! If you're still getting the old version on the store, give it a bit until it updates for you.

Tweet it with #C2PointOh  and let everyone know!
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Check it out! It's #C2PointOh  day!
New look, new features highlight a hefty update to one of our favorite third-party Twitter apps — +Carbon for Android!  At long last, Carbon for Twitter — long one of our favorite third-party Twitter clients — has been updated to version 2.0 with a major redesign and a host of new or revamped features. We've always had... #c2pointoh  
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It's a wrap, v2 is now fully wired and polished. Time to share this thing.

A whole new look, a brand new Timeline design, and brought one of my favorite features of all of Carbon versions back; the Quick Timeline. As you might know by now, features in Carbon are all on-app, and not in the Settings screen, expect a lot of goodies!

Whatcha' know about to twopoin' oh?  2014? No! Tomorrow is the day! #C2PointOh #Android  
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Merry Christmas errrrybody :)
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