Twitter has dropped a redesign of its Android app that would have brought some radical changes to its look. Replacing the usual buttons with a menu that allowed users to swipe through options, members of the Android alpha and beta testing program were swiping their way from stream to stream. But that has been scrapped by Twitter and the four buttons have returned following an update that was rolled out this past week to both alpha and beta testers. Unlike the iOS 7 version of the app, which has the four buttons on the bottom of the screen, the Android version of the app has the buttons placed near the top of the display.
The alpha version of Twitter has a version of the Discover section that is different from the current app. Trending can be viewed in detail or in list. In detail, a couple of sample tweets can be seen giving users an idea of what the excitement is all about, and why a particular topic is trending. And when composing a tweet, a pop up asks you if you are in a particular city.
There is talk that Twitter is becoming less aggressive with its plans to change its Android app. Pulling back from the swipeable menu is no doubt an example of this.
Differences between the old and new alpha versions of Twitter's Android app