If you're in Twitter's Android beta program, better grab the nearest Android device and check for updates. The official Twitter client has been updated with a completely new interface, and it's not the one leaked at the Samsung IFA event. This version has Android-style tabs, in-line media previews, hamburger navigation, and a proper action bar.

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The new interface scrolls from side to side between tabs, but this is a little laggy right now. I'm also seeing a few graphical bugs. The hamburger navigation panel gets you to any area of the app quickly, and it uses your Twitter background image as the background for this menu. Although, it's sort of zoomed in and blurred to look abstract, or something. That tablet UI from the new Samsung Note 10.1 version is nowhere to be found. Instead tablets seem to be getting the same UI as phones, but this refined interface makes a bit more sense (see below for Nexus 7 screens). Text scales better and there are more tab shortcuts visible on larger screens.

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One thing that has not changed is the widget, which is still awful. There is no integrated browser either. The in-line photos are nice, though. Aside from the occasional spot of lag and a few bugs, it seems ready for launch.

APK Mirrors:

Note: You will not be able to see the updated app live in the web store yet, even if you're in the beta. Check your device.

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://about.me/barrae Maximiliano Barra E.

    One word: woah.
    That's not a word, but, I don't care.

  • http://kennydude.me/ Joe Simpson

    Dear Twitter,

    Twitter is fantastic because it is SIMPLE. Make your apps simple plz


  • yahyoh

    so how the hell we can join ? this method aint working


    "Twitter for Android Experiment

    You must be a member of this group to view and participate in it.

    You cannot view this group's content because you are not currently a member."

    • Wesley Modderkolk

      Same issue here

    • Kevin

      Ditto. No option to actually JOIN the group. Weird, but I'm using Falcon Pro anyway, so it's not a huge issue.

    • Jadephyre

      Same problem.

    • Riyan Sarana Ruslim
    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Weird, they must have filled up and closed it.

  • agent_xlvii

    Why not upload .apk here?

    • miri

      You have to sign up for the beta program, I guess.

      • Christopher Mason

        You CAN'T sign up for beta anymore. They turned the group to invite only.

        • Matthew Fry

          Can existing members of the group invite or just the admin?

  • bozzykid

    Still no quick access to lists. :(

    • alamarco

      I was just going to ask about this, that's a major feature for me.

      I follow too many people where having lists is necessary. No idea why Twitter has made list access so hard in their mobile clients.

      Lists, and saving list position, is why I rely on Falcon Pro/Plume.

  • LibertyBeta

    The slide menu is just....WRONG. I like the diea, but the ui is complete redundant.

    • Danny Holyoake

      Right? I thought i could re-order the side-bar items because of that weird two-bar icon they have there.... What the heck? And why does it even exist in the first place? And, since it does exist, why did Twitter intentionally remove the ability to swipe into it, like how the hamburger UI is used in EVERY OTHER APP EVER.

      Twitter. One step forward. Two steps back.

      • David Dudovitz

        You can reorder it. Try again, it is a little glitch.

    • Jordan DeBarth

      You have to remember that this is Beta. They could add in the swipe option before the official release.

      • LibertyBeta

        Its also the set up and system. Its not logical or making any sense.

        The slide menu + scrolling tabs is a HORRIBLE interface.

        • Jordan DeBarth

          The old version of Reddit Sync did this just fine. You have to swipe from the edge to get the menu, and anywhere on the screen to switch tabs.

          • LibertyBeta

            No, it sucked. One of the reasons he got rid of it with the new re-write.

    • bmg1001

      Yeah! "Proper Action Bar" MY REAR!

  • 3laa

    The new ui looks awful

  • Ollie17

    How do we get into the beta program now?

  • Tommy Thompson

    Don't have any lag when swiping on mine. I don't like that you have to press the button to bring up the side menu. Should come up with just a swipe from the side.

  • http://www.Nave360.com Sebastian Gorgon

    This... is... HORRIBLE!...

  • GreatNews

    i love the new look, seems fast on my device so far, its a new style which i gotta get use to it, as a btw the settings page is still not touch and the same old as version 4.x.x and this version is 5.0

  • _jliu

    I think the devs should remove all of the tabs except for the Home, Notifications, Trending, and Me ones. After all, what's the point of having all those windows in both the sliding drawer and the tabs? XD

  • sam

    I am really starting to like the twitter app again.

    Guys, i am not a beta tester.

    Could you please check if it has preview of images/videos in the timeline.

    • jesusmbaez

      Yup! It shows images inline.

      • sam

        How about videos ?

        • jesusmbaez

          Nope no videos.

  • Lewis P

    It's not using the native hamburger menu. You can't "pull" it out from the side. You MUST click in the action icon. Not exactly ideal, but give them the benefit of the doubt I suppose...

    Interestingly though, the "Connect" tab has changed to "Notifications". Perhaps this'll be changing on all apps and the web soon, but it's certainly weird.

    Overall, this is weird. Seems like they're simply changing it to prove that they can. Doesn't seem to be a need to change to this UI...

    • Justin W

      The hamburger thing is the same as in Steam's app - it's obnoxious to have to press the app's button instead of pulling out from the side like those that actually do it correctly.

  • Wesley Modderkolk

    Oh god, that is just awful. There isn't really a thing I can pick as "better" in the screenshots posted. It seems like it will be a nightmare on smaller screens.

    The current UI is just perfect if you ask me, it keeps the well known twitter look while still conforming to Google's guidelines(mostly). Add the sidebar to that to easily jump to DM's etc. and it is complete.

  • miri

    It's a little bright, especially on the 2012 Nexus 7 which has bright greens, but otherwise it's nice. The drawer seems a little strange at first, but after realizing that it's not meant to be a primary means of navigation (rather an interesting way to view activity for all tabs at once and re-arrange them), I can forgive the implementation.

  • Seaghost

    Two-factor auth crashes the app.

    • Alexei Watson

      twitter two-factor blows. I use it but I've been locked out for over a week before because it decided not to send SMS out anymore. now at least there's a backup code.

      Was about to grab apk. but I'll leave it now, cheers.

  • dogi

    apk pleaese?

  • selonmoi

    Can any beta member confirm whether this app finally fixes the lose-your-place-in-the-stream bug?

    I'm not holding my breath.

  • ripthestage

    You can reorganize the the left menu.

    • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

      You can. I just did.

  • Jadephyre

    Looks like the beta-signup is borked, I can't even join the group for some reason.

  • http://riteshtripathy.wordpress.com/ Ritesh

    I got the update through Play just a few minutes ago. No lag at all and looks MUCH better. Only derp being, you can't slide the menu in, have to tap the icon. Dumb.

    • jesusmbaez

      Yeah that is something I hope they fix. Defeats the purpose of the damn menu.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucyparanormal Daniel Tiberius


  • Jadephyre

    Hm, installing on CM Nightlies doesn't work, always shows a parsing error on install.

    • Björn Lundén

      No it doesn't. Sounds like a corrupt download or something.

  • The_Chlero

    They just revamped the UI 2 months ago. Right now Twitter is stable and up to date, I dont get the point of changing all over again.

  • http://ashish.bogawat.com Ashish Bogawat

    Now I know why Twitter has been killing all the third-party clients - so they can copy features from all of them!

  • Martin Nilsson

    I like how everybody ignores Twitters TOS for the beta-program =P

    "We may show you confidential, yet to be released products or features and you must be willing to keep those secret."

    The open beta program is VERY secret according to Twitter ;-)

  • Chris

    I quite like it, but I have noticed quite a big bug already (tap on a person to view their profile, then tap to view all their tweets - when you then tap a tweet to view it and any replies, etc., it reports a crash... but then it doesn't actually crash, it does show you the tweet without replies, retweet and favourite information, etc.)

  • Jamaar White

    Why is it called "Hamburger Menu"?

  • Cory Wilson

    I really want some answers as to why I can't join the beta that's supposed to be available to everyone and I wanna know why sites like this won't report this as news. This is bs, it's supposed to be open to everyone but now no one can join? I've tried 100 different types ways to contact twitter about this and they've ignored me so I'm going to keep spamming them till I get a response. If it's closed then fine but don't keep us in the dark!

  • AnthonyRyan89

    Who's ever apart of the beta can they send me an invite.

  • Bojan Tomic

    My side bar is just grey. O.o
    It's not blurred/transparent like in these photos...