Twitter tests out Material Design tweaks in latest Android beta

A floating action button and finger-friendly tabs finally makes Twitter look like it was designed for Android.

Twitter for Android has finally crafted a long overdue Material Design overhaul.

A few users have been graced with a new version of the app that brings a floating action button, material animations, and a redesigned navigation menu.

I saw the update hit late Monday, probably thanks to the fact that I’m on the Twitter for Android beta. The main navigation area is finally in line with what Google outlines in its Material look: a large navigation space with a label for Home and an overflow menu for other areas of the app, like your settings or profile. When you scroll down, the menu scales back to reveal just the essential icons.

twitter android beta

Twitter for Android is finally incorporating many core Material Design principles.

When you swipe between sections you have a subtle animation and can then interact with the tweets just as you would before. A floating action button is also here, which lets you fire up a new tweet right from the stream.

The overhaul clearly isn’t complete, as the profile and other areas of the app still hold on to the older look. By all accounts the update appears to be a server-side push, so you’ll just have to wait for it to show up.

Why this matters: For such an important app, Twitter has been rather slow to implement Google’s design guidelines. This may finally be happening, although the initial foray is clearly in the experimental stage. But after this first leap, there’s bound to be more Material-friendly work to be done in future udpates.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags twitter

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Derek Walter

Unknown Publication
Show Comments

Cool Tech

Crucial Ballistix Elite 32GB Kit (4 x 8GB) DDR4-3000 UDIMM

Learn more >

Gadgets & Things

Lexar® Professional 1000x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards

Learn more >

Family Friendly

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Plox Star Wars Death Star Levitating Bluetooth Speaker

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

GGG Evaluation Team

Kathy Cassidy

STYLISTIC Q702

First impression on unpacking the Q702 test unit was the solid feel and clean, minimalist styling.

Anthony Grifoni

STYLISTIC Q572

For work use, Microsoft Word and Excel programs pre-installed on the device are adequate for preparing short documents.

Steph Mundell

LIFEBOOK UH574

The Fujitsu LifeBook UH574 allowed for great mobility without being obnoxiously heavy or clunky. Its twelve hours of battery life did not disappoint.

Andrew Mitsi

STYLISTIC Q702

The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.

Simon Harriott

STYLISTIC Q702

My first impression after unboxing the Q702 is that it is a nice looking unit. Styling is somewhat minimalist but very effective. The tablet part, once detached, has a nice weight, and no buttons or switches are located in awkward or intrusive positions.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?