Twitter clients are a dime a dozen for Android, but Plume (previously known as Toiteur) is one of the best. Its simple bot capable interface has won it a lot of fans… but its lack of Ice Cream Sandwich-friendly menus hasn’t. That changes today, as developer LevelUp Studio released a new version of Plume that incorporates all of the design elements that are becoming a standard for Android going forward. The standard Plume for Twitter app is still free, with in-stream ads, and the premium version costs $4.99.
Plume’s interface is deceptively simple: it’s got the standard “stream” view that’s so common among Twitter clients, and you swipe left or right to move between your established columns. (Tablets can display three columns at a time, but only in landscape mode as shown above.) The popular views are available, including the “fire hose”, direct messages, retweets and @ replies, and so on. As someone who uses Twitter’s List function regularly, I’ve found that Plume supports it the best among all the apps I’ve tried, easily adding your subscribed lists to their own column.
The primary changes are that popular menu functions have been translated to the Action Bar, like all of Google’s standard Android apps on Ice Cream Sandwich and you can view those below. The new layout is simple, easy to understand, and very fluid. Plume’s widget options are pretty great, too, allowing you to easily switch between your main feed, @ replies and private messages. The widget also plays nice with Ice Cream Sandwich’s widget resize capability, on both smartphones and tablets. Give it a try if you’re unimpressed with Twitter’s official client or TweetDeck.