Posted 09/13/2013 at 5:23 PM
Posted 4 years ago
The latest version of Twitter for Android has been made available to the company’s army of beta testers and the first glimpse shows that the app will sport a completely redesigned interface.
Twitter’s Android offering has grown in to a solid and easy-to-use app over the years, but until now has remained pretty much the same in terms of aesthetics and operation, with its four familiar navigation tabs at the top of the timeline. Version 5.0 of the app, however, will offer a transformed look.
When you first login to the app, you’ll see that the old tab layout has been replaced with a new sliding layout. Home, Notifications, Messages, and your profile will still be in place, but Twitter has added an extra three columns. These will cover Activity, Trending, and Find People, which suggests new people to follow based on your current followers.
While the new column layout is the most instantly noticeable thing about the app, it is the YouTube for Android-style, left-hand sliding menu that appears when the user swipes to the left. The translucent column allows you to quickly access any of the seven different tabs, with each displaying the number of unread messages. It is also possible to reorder the tabs to better suit your needs.
Twitter took to its official blog today to say that it sometimes sends out experiments that do not make it to the final version of the app, so we probably should not get too excited about the new features just yet. However, it does seem that Twitter is focused on giving its Android application a major overhaul and the upgrade is likely to be with us sooner rather than later.
As always, we’ll have our finger on the pulse and will keep you up-to-date on any full release.