Twitter for Android Returns to Four-Button UI in Latest Beta Release

The application no longer features a swipeable interface

By Ionut Arghire on November 16th, 2013 17:41 GMT

Twitter has started to deliver a new update to its alpha and beta Android app testers, so as to provide them with a new interface when compared to what the previous development versions had to offer.

To be more precise, the latest alpha and beta flavors of the Twitter app for Android come with the older interface in tow, with the well-known four buttons (Timeline, @ Replies, Discover, and Me) present at the top of the screen.

This marks a rollback of the swipeable UI that Twitter included in the testing iterations of its mobile client only a few months ago.

The layout enabled users to swipe through streams such as Home, Notifications, Messages, Activity, Trending, Find People, and Me, as TechChrunch reports.

The alpha version of Twitter for Android still sports a series of yet unreleased features, though it combines them with capabilities that were already included in the official release, it seems.

For example, it enables users to easily reply, retweet, favorite, and follow other people straight from the timeline, while also packing a redesigned Discover section, with trends available both in detail and list views.

Apparently, Twitter is considering slowing down on implementing various changes to its mobile client, though it remains to be seen whether the rollback of the aforementioned swipeable UI wasn’t determined by some planned under-the-hood modifications.

For the time being, there’s no telling on whether Twitter has brought the four-button layout back for good or only for a limited period of time, but chances are that we’ll learn more on its plans on the matter in the coming months.

Apparently, the swipeable layout received mixed feedback from testers, with some of them claiming that there was a bit too much to swipe through. Keep an eye on this space to learn additional details on the matter.
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