Last Monday, we told you that a total redesign to the Twitter app is coming as per XDA developer Hernán Castañón Alvarez. Now, it appears that this redesign is going a bit more mainstream by reaching alpha and beta Twitter for Android testers.
Loving this new look for Twitter on Android. This should be rolling out in the future if it hasn’t already! pic.twitter.com/HFzp7r0ajV
Obviously, people who have noticed this new material design scheme found in the app went straight to Twitter to report it, like @HeyMarkL from The Verge who’s tweet can be found above. According to the pictures, the main feed, Moments, notifications, and direct messages can all be accessed through curated tabs at the top of the screen which are accessible either by tapping on them or swiping from side to side in the appropriate direction. This makes it much easier to navigate when compared to the current method of navigation which is solely tapping on the assigned icon to visit that section of the app.
Other notable features include a slide-out menu from the left which displays your profile picture and header alongside links to your actual profile, Highlights, Lists, and Find People amongst others such as Accounts, Settings, and Help. To access this menu, you can either tap your profile pic which now appears in the top left corner of your screen or swipe in from the left of your device. Once again, this is much easier than trying to reach the top right hand “…” menu button to access these options.
The menu bar at the bottom of the app, by the way, is gone and replaced by a more material-friendly floating Action Button which allows users to send out a tweet or picture much snappier than the current method of doing so. Plus, the button sweeps away into hiding when scrolling through tweets so it doesn’t get in the way. The tabs at the top if the display, for reference, also do this to provide more free space to see more content.
Hopefully, Twitter decided to keep this design language for their stable version of their Android app. I know they must have a clue by now that no one really likes the current version’s layout and functionality, so by making the app more efficient, more accessible, and material design-friendly, expect more people to drop third-party clients like Fenix the day the update is released.