Social media has been a fundamental part of life on the Internet since before the rise of the tablet, therefore being one of the natural categories of apps on such devices. As no one wants to sever all their social connections just because they’ve decided to jump onto their tablet, in this article, we’ll take a look at some of the best social apps available for your Android tablet.
As an owner of a Google-powered tablet, it’s not unlikely that you want to get in on a bit of Google-brand social networking. The official Google+ app brings the variety of features that the social networks boast to your tablet, including mobile hangouts with up to nine people.
Price: Free Requires: Android Varies with device Google Play Link:Google+ Developer:Google Inc.
Facedroid describes itself as “the best way to browse Facebook on your Android tablet”, offering you all the features of the world’s most notable social network. These features include all the obvious basics, such as accessing your news feed, friends’ profiles, a gallery for all your photos, real-time messaging through Facebook and the ability to check-in through Facebook’s own location services.
When researching this article, Plume was an app that kept coming up as a suggestion for tablet apps, and it’s for a good reason. Plume is a Twitter client for Android tablets and as such has all the features you’ve come to expect in a good Twitter client on your phone alongside support for bit.ly to shorten links and a variety of services for photo sharing.
If your tablet happens to have a Sony logo, you’ve got yourself an app for one of the most notable location-based social networks. Foursquare for Sony Tablets is an official Foursquare client and allows you to check-in to your current location, utilising the familiar features of the service.
If you don’t have a Sony tablet, there is the alternative of the official Foursquare app for Android phones, which can stretch to fit a tablet’s screen, should the mobile web not do it for you.
Reddit’s status as a “social network” is open to debate but its very nature gives us enough reason to let it be included in this roundup. Reddita is a client for Reddit on Android tablets, allowing you to browse, comment and check messages in style. Oh, and of course utilise the infamous up/downvote buttons!
This version comes in without ads, but will cost you a small fee. There’s an ad-supported version available for free too, if you want to check it out before making the purchase.
Friendcaster is an immensly popular Facebook client for Android that boasts a beautiful interface for consuming social content on your tablet. Tired of slow apps? Well, Friendcaster claims the app has been significantly sped up in the latest update to boot!
Much like any Facebook app that might make its way onto this list, all the core functions of the network are available through this client making it a viable alternative to your browser. If you like to be updated as soon as there’s new content, Friendcaster also claims the fastest notification system of any app available through Google Play so you’ll always be up-to-date.
Much like Reddit, YouTube might not be considered a traditional social network. However, the Google service does provide an ample platform for anyone to post video content and interact with others that do.
The official YouTube app allows you to easily consume user-posted video content from the service on your Android tablet so you can literally have a never-ending stream of new content to watch on the go.
TweetCaster is another client for everyone’s favourite microblogging service, one that claims to be the #1 Twitter app on Google Play and has the download stastics to back it up.
Optimised for your phone and your tablet, TweetCaster provides an intuitive and speedy interface for interacting with the service and offers some exclusive features too! These include adding effects to photos in-app before you upload them, better search and a variety of useful statistics for the plain curious.
Are you more of a private individual? If the big social networks aren’t doing it for you, instant messaging remains a popular method of socialising and communicating, even if they’re not powered by the larger social networks themselves.
As the name suggests, IM+ is an instant messaging client for a variety of services that allows you to easily communicate from your tablet with friends, regardless of their preference of service.
Price: Free Requires: Android 2.1 or above Google Play Link:IM+ Developer:SHAPE
Unfortunately, Android tablets are still going through the process of early developer adoption, and that becomes clearer once you look at social networking apps — there’s not an awful lot available.
If you’ve found a stellar social networking app for your Android tablet that we didn’t mention here, be sure to share it with us and your fellow readers!