Twitter Testing A New Android App Design, And It’s Much Better

Twitter Testing A New Android App Design, And It’s Much Better

Twitter constantly tests new designs in the beta version of its Android app, and some of those designs are rolled out widely, while others not. But the design the micro-blogging giant is testing presently could be rolled soon, as it is far better than the one in use currently, says The Verge.

Easier to navigate, more spacious

A design that places Twitter’s four core areas (Moments, direct messages, the main feed and notifications) as large tabs across the top of the screen has been noticed by a number of people using Twitter’s alpha and beta apps. The design makes it easier to navigate and explore the app by allowing the user to move between the sections by tapping on the tab or swiping side to side.

Currently, those four tabs exist as tiny buttons at the top of the screen, and every time the user uses them, they have to be individually tapped on and then exited. The design encourages users only to go to the main feed and nowhere else, the website says. On the other hand, the new design opens up a lot of other features.

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Things like settings, highlights and even your own profile are hidden away in the “…” menu right now. The new test design lets users access them from a pane that slides out on the left-hand side of the screen. The user can also access them by tapping on the profile icon, which shows up on top when the app is opened and collapses when the user begins scrolling down the feed, opening up more screen space, the report said.

Twitter should roll out this design

Twitter’s new design uses a Material Design-friendly floating button which shows up across most screens. The micro-blogging giant also frees up some space by removing the three tweet buttons that ran along the bottom of the screen. Tweaking the swipe behavior and turning the buttons into tabs may seem like small changes, but they bring a pretty important improvement in the current design.

It is possible that the micro-blogging site will not roll out the design further even though this new layout seems to be rolling out to more and more people who are using the micro-blogging site’s pre-release apps. The reason being is that Twitter tested the same kind of design last year, but it was never rolled out, the report said.

So the micro-blogging site should learn from its mistakes and roll out the new design this time. It could just be the thing that actually influences people to open up Moments.

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