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Twitter drops "swipeable" redesign for its Android app

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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

Differences between the old and new alpha versions of Twitter's Android app

source: TechCrunch

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posted on 16 Nov 2013, 12:15 3

1. Mozarrt (Posts: 301; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)

Now it's just looking like a clone of the Windows Phone app.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 12:25 8

2. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

aah that status bar in new alpha pic! what a mess!

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 12:56 8

3. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

Someone needs to tell that guy how to swipe away notifications.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 13:19 1

4. Andrewtst (Posts: 679; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)

Old alpha look much better.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 16:28

5. datsyuk (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Jan 2012)

Old alpha looked awesome goes well with 4.4 IMO too.

posted on 16 Nov 2013, 18:56

6. DontHateOnS60 (Posts: 872; Member since: 20 Apr 2009)

We really need to get the old twitter contact list back.

posted on 18 Nov 2013, 14:15

7. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 2013)

the old alpha does look a bit better than the new one that they are showing in the screenshot

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