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Twitter has been steadily tweaking their beta release channel for the Android app, and the latest update removes one of the most poorly-received features from the last beta version. The translucent tri-button array at the bottom of the screen (post a photo from storage, take a photo, or a simple textual tweet) has been removed, and is now replaced with a single, consolidated button.

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New on the left, old on the right. Pardon the different resolutions.

That button will also become semi-hidden when you scroll through your Twitter feed, giving you that much more room to see your tweets. Nice. You can still access the photo options from the primary tweet composition page, which uses the same button layout plus an option to include your location.

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You may want to hold off on the update, especially if you use a latter Samsung phone. Our fearless leader Artem (who took all these screenshots) reports that the new Twitter beta crashes constantly on his Galaxy Note 3. Of course this is a beta, so this sort of thing isn't unexpected. As usual, you won't be able to download the new version from the Play Store unless you're in the beta program.

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Thanks, @TheNewsHQ!

Jeremiah Rice
Jeremiah is a US-based blogger who bought a Nexus One the day it came out and never looked back. In his spare time he watches Star Trek, cooks eggs, and completely fails to write novels.
  • ben saad issam

    It's always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained! Looking forward to your next post.

    Mögel

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

    Not a single crash on my HTC One

    • sabby

      same here
      works perfectly on HTC One

  • Leonardo Loures Quirino

    Not crashing on my Cm10.2 Galaxy S3. Maybe a TouchWiz issue?

  • sare

    I do not like the tabs (discovery) and (activity).

    I would like it if they have merged the two and added an (account) tab.

    • Nadeemah

      I don't like those tabs either. The tweet button needs to go back into the top bar as well. It's just in the way; having to scroll up/down to hide/show the tweet button is just silly.

  • http://www.marcozanetti.it/ Marco Zanetti

    Anybody posting APK somewhere?

    • usaff22

      look below :)

      • http://www.marcozanetti.it/ Marco Zanetti

        thx! :-)

    • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

      why not actually join the beta program and help improve the app? (just asking)

      • http://www.marcozanetti.it/ Marco Zanetti

        I tried like a million times, it seems to me the community is closed because they already reached the number of beta testers they like. Isn't it? Am I just not smart enough to find the right link? :-P

        • Alexander Terry

          I got in, but by trial and error. It was a lot of swapping from desktop mode to mobile mode on my nexus 7. Send me an email and I'll get you an apk. Alexterry43@gmail.com

        • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

          Cool thanks for answering

      • Bojan Tomic

        Because it's limited to a certain number of people. It's been closed since the day it was announced.

        • http://www.twitter.com/b_boogey_xl b_boogey_xl

          Cool, I understand now.

  • Phil Oakley

    Also fixed a slight issue with the disappearing tabs that I had before, just being a bit buggy. Good update!

  • Nick V

    My Nexus 4 is going without issue. Now waiting to see what the FaceBook Alpha brings to the table.

  • Hernan Cirelli

    Apk please?

    • usaff22

      below

  • usaff22
    • Hernan Cirelli

      Gracias ok

    • http://twitter.com/_vinr vinothr

      Hey, usaff22 - Will you be updating us with latest APKs? What version are they on now?

  • GreatNews

    so far i got 0 crashing on my GS4

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

    Crashing like mad on the Note 3.

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

      If anyone is interested (twitter peeps, are you reading this?), here's the crash stack trace, during the submission of which Twitter managed to crash 2 more times.

  • Jeffery Keel

    This is a nice update and I for one like the beta application. It's a big improvement over the one that's currently in the Google Play Store. I think Twitter should just implement a "hamburger" navigation method but this time a proper one and doesn't over design it.

    If they added a hamburger menu I'd like to see them style it like how Google does. Few options and a white background with crisp typography.

    Profile (with a down caret allowing for fast user switching)
    ---------
    Home
    Discover
    Activity
    Notifications
    Direct Messages

    And then in the action bar just go back to having a compose icon and search in the overflow. That's how it should look.

    Oh and update the widgets.

    • miri

      The problem with the hamburger menu is that Twitter uses the tabs to notify you of new activity and as a shortcut to the top of the stream.

    • http://evansims.com/ Evan Sims

      The beta briefly had a hamburger menu actually, but they removed it after a few builds. It was pretty redundant with their other UI additions/tweaks.

  • tokuiten

    Still no tablet mode, I'm guessing?

    • miri

      And there won't be one for some time in the Beta (if at all). It was announced as a timed exclusive for the Note 10.1 and I don't think even that has been released yet.

  • Alexander Terry

    What's the app saying syncing screen shots in one of the photos?

  • CrookedKnight

    No crashes on my S4 running CyanogenMod 10.1. So that's nice. Really glad those stupid buttons are gone, too.

    • Guest

      Can you mail me the new apk, please!

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Mercifully that hideous 3 headed thing is history. The app is fine on my S4....the widget is still the same ugly non scrollable POS it always been.

  • Jon PL

    Can someone upload to a diff site? Can't DL it off Mega. Idk what the issue is but I can't. Tnx :)

  • wilflare

    where can we join the beta? hmm :/ darn just saw that it is closed.. I really hope they provide a Dark Theme.. sheesh

  • Tattooed Mummy

    I have the Samsung Galaxy Tab and read this warning too late! Twitter crashes every time I try to check notifications so it's pretty much a waste of time. Currently using Tweetcaster

  • http://www.visualrank.se/ VisualRank

    mögel Excellent entry! It's always nice when you can not only be informed, but also entertained!

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