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Sep
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At last week's IFA Conference in Berlin, Germany, Samsung showed off a tablet-optimized version of the official Twitter app while talking up all the features the the 2014 Edition Note 10.1 has to offer. Of course, at the time we weren't sure if this was just a mockup or screenshot mishap on Samsung's part (it does look exactly like the iPad's version of the app, after all), but it now appears that it's indeed the real deal. German Android site AndroidNext has gotten its hands on a leaked copy of the apk, which seems to be fully-functioning.

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A couple of caveats to be aware of if you plan on installing this, however:

  • It installs over the existing Twitter app, so you may need to clear data to get it working properly.
  • While it's optimized for tablets, the new layout works best on 10-inch (and presumably larger) devices. It will work on smaller tablets like the Nexus 7, but the layout is a little wonky.

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Past that, everything should be good to go. Hit the link below to grab the download, install it like any other apk, and enjoy the new interface – it's definitely a massive improvement over the non-optimized version.

AndroidNext.de (download mirror); Thanks, Frank Ritter and Marvin Uksini!

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, and musician. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6- or 7-string, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • oguzbilgener

    Too late.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Better late than never, no?

      • hot_spare

        news is never 'late'

        it's news to me!

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Not sure if the comment was about news or the tablet UI, but either way.

          • oguzbilgener

            I was talking about the tablet UI. Thanks everybody for downvotes. :P

  • lordmerovingian

    Got this the other day and rocking it on a Nexus 7 2012. Very nice.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      It's definitely not optimized for the 2013 N7, however. For example, look at the dots in the nav menu on the left. http://i.imgur.com/CJwYhK8.jpg

      • Karlo

        So much of unused space same as its on iPad.
        I prefer FalconPro.

      • Sam Tate

        Yeah it seems to be fine on the 2012 edition: not so much on the 2013 though. When they fix it and get it in the Play Store, it will look excellent, and will finally be the best Twitter app!

      • deltatux

        Likely because this is the preproduction version? Likely on the final version, Twitter will fix it for 7" devices.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          Oh, I'm sure. Just pointing out that this version isn't optimized for 7".

      • Junior Kom

        Please how did you installed this apk on 2013 N7 ? On mine it doesn't work ! It download but do not install.

  • http://samsung-updates.com/ Krzysztof Bryk

    yestarday news but nice try AP =)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      IFA + weekend = everyone takes a break sometimes.

      • jonathan3579

        When did AP become home to so many ungrateful people? Thanks for the news and download. (I saw it first here so that means enough for me.)

      • Nick V

        Don't feed the trolls.

      • http://samsung-updates.com/ Krzysztof Bryk

        just havin fun like everyday ;] no hard felings =) i love AP

  • https://twitter.com/#!/psychomaniac189 psychomaniac189

    people still use the official twitter app?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I use it and I am perfectly satisfied with it, at least on my phone.

      However, that's because I use Twitter almost exclusively on my laptop with Tweetdeck.

      • selonmoi

        Out of curiosity...

        Do you try to read every tweet, from the bottom up, or do you just sample from the top down?

        If you read bottom-up, how many people do you follow? How long does it take for about 200 tweets to come in? Does it bother you when Twitter loses your place and dumps you to the top of your stream?

    • jonathan3579

      The Twitter app is significantly better now than when it was originally released. (It's called progression, ya know.) Sure, you may find more functionality out of a third party app but for those of us who are looking for a straight-forward Twitter experience, the official app is more than sufficient.

    • Hothfox

      Yes! Especially since they locked down their API to third-party developers. Sure, things like Falcon Pro have more features, but Twitter has always had an edge on things like push notifications and access to the full range of basic Twitter functions (for example, showing interactions vs. mentions). Obviously it's this way on purpose, but for now we just have to accept that as the way things are.

      For me, push notifications are of higher value than being able to ... I don't know. I can't say that (for me, mind you) any of the third party apps have brought ground breaking features to my user experience with Twitter. Sure, they look nicer, or make it easier to switch accounts, but that's all a matter of preference. While choice is nice, and it sucks that developers are being stifled by the API, they have been explicitly told about the limitations they will face if their app doesn't do something significantly different than the Twitter app already does (ie: Timeline/Tweet viewer and composer). Yet, people keep making new Twitter clients that just let you read your tweets and compose new ones. Why? It's just going to get shut down 250,000 users later. They know that.

  • Baspower

    Does anyone know anything about the draw function?

  • nawa

    Really hope this is not the final version. Too many things are still done wrong (stretched phone interface or design problems). Though knowing Twitter I'm sure nothing will change.

    • Rodolfo

      This is a leaked beta version of course it will change..

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/eric-ravenscraft/ Eric Ravenscraft

        You'd be surprised...

        • Hothfox

          We have been disappointed before, but the fact that the draw feature is totally broken, and various other little bugs lends itself to the assumption that they wouldn't release a broken app.

          The official Twitter app was never actually BROKEN, it just didn't have all the features everyone wanted. Everything it did have worked, and worked well (for me, anyway).

  • Arjit Mehra

    Falcon Pro > Any other twitter app

    • challenge_accepted

      Carbon is great

    • NoPovertyPimps

      Tweetings takes the cake; even over Falcon Pro.

  • Coen van Deelen

    had to erase data/cache in app settings.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Yup, same.

  • someone755

    So now we're naming all tablets after their year of release? So we even rename the old names? Google Nexus 7 2012 and Google Nexus 7 2013, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2012 and Samsung Galaxy Note 2014 etc...

  • Floris

    I noticed it's got a new 'draw' option in the tweet composer, doesn't seem to work though, it force closes atm.. http://i.imgur.com/iYRnMsAh.jpg

  • miri

    It's actually working marvelously on my 2012 Nexus 7, save for a few missing features (Vine, comment threads, new post banners for search, category view for Who to follow, etc.)

    • Spruce Cycle

      U mean with out core features it's working great! No, wonder Google keeps releasing N7 with missing and broken functions, u guys will accept ANYTHING

      • Hothfox

        I am not seeing how Google's device releases relates to a Twitter app beta/leak. "Us guys" don't accept anything - we like to play with the latest, greatest, and sometimes beta products. Sometimes that means we use stuff that doesn't work and watch it develop through the SDLC.

        • Spruce Cycle

          How is an app lacking core features the "latest and greatest"?

          • Hothfox

            The fact that it's a tablet-optimized version of an app that does not have a publicly released tablet-optimized version makes it "the latest and greatest" version of that app for tablets. This is not even a version of the app released in the official Google Play store - we had to go find it. Neither Google or Twitter are advocating that we go ahead and use this.

            And I'm also not sure what Google has to do with Twitter - they're two separate companies. How does Twitter having a leak of an unfinished version of their tablet app equate to Google/Android users accepting crap? We KNOW it's beta/a leaked version, and no one's suggesting that it be used as a daily-driver. It's simply something to fiddle around with to see what new features they might be including in it once it is released.

            Why don't you go iTroll somewhere else?

          • Spruce Cycle

            It's NOT in beta, this version hasn't been released for tablets yet thats a big difference and lacking core features and describing it as the "latest and greatest" is just weird.

          • Hothfox

            It's something new to play with. If you want to poopoo over it, that's fine. Don't download it and get pissy that A LEAK isn't perfect.

          • Spruce Cycle

            I wasn't saying the leak isn't perfect i was commenting in the comment section about a comment. U don't like then too bad.

      • miri

        None of those are core features. It's actually an older version of Twitter (4.1.1 rather than 4.1.7) so they've yet to be integrated. I mean that it's fluid, no bugs, crashes (save for the draw feature), stalls and the layout works and serves its purpose well.