After having been beta-tested for the last couple months, the new Twitter v5.0 app for Android has finally been released to all users, with a very mixed critical reception.

If you've been participating in the Twitter alpha or beta programs on Android, this is really nothing new - the latest update adds new features like photos in DMs and the ability to filter your notification timeline, but otherwise, this is the same app you've been using for a while.

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For everyone else, this is a massive upheaval - the UI is completely different, there are major changes to the layout, and a lot of things have moved around. Predictably, this has angered quite a few people - just check out some of the reviews on the Play Store page from today. That new UI, if it's new to you, is still based on tabs, though those tabs are now swipeable, and there is a persistent compose area on the bottom of your three main columns (Home, Discover, Activity). This compose element does go away when you scroll down, but numerous users are already complaining about it taking up screen space.

DMs are now accessed through a dedicated button in the navigation bar up top, and notifications no longer is its own column, but rather a button on the nav bar alongside the aforementioned DMs shortcut. This is a bit reminiscent of Google+, actually.

Anyway, the new update is live, love it or hate it, and you can read more about a couple of the new features on Twitter's blog, here.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • Cesar

    I'll miss being able to swipe over to the interactions tab. Personally, I'd rather have that than the "Discovery" tab, which I've never used for anything ever.

    • Tomáš Petrík

      True that.
      Sadly, they want to promote this one, so that you engage with the community and all that kind of crap.

  • deiderre

    Moved this week to Tweedle. Sublime. 100% Holo. Free. I really like it.

    • Karlo

      FalconPro user here.
      Not impressed by Tweedle.

      • Seec

        is using a third party client secure? i mean, you are giving them your password and all the info in your timeline after all. Tweedle looks cool, but i'm not sure how secure it is

        • Brian Koppe

          Yes, most of them use OAuth

          • http://evansims.com/ Evan Sims

            Twitter disabled password-based logins on the API side awhile back, so they're all using OAuth now — aside from the official clients, of course.

          • Brian Koppe

            Even better. Thanks for the correction!

    • sivkai

      Dude, thank you so much for bringing this app to my attention. Its brilliant

    • Matthew DiGiacomo

      Thank. Thank you so much.

    • ĴⒶ₡Ҝ

      Tweedle is goddamn sexy in black: http://imgur.com/kdbvfnH

    • ĴⒶ₡Ҝ

      Tweedle is goddamn sexy: http://imgur.com/pZRKn57

    • Shawn Cheever

      Thanks. Just downloaded Tweedle and it's gorgeous! Too bad they don't have a tablet UI though.

    • jesse

      thank you for mentioning tweedle! I feel lame that I ever used the official Twitter client!

  • Jordan Khoviteri-Zadeh

    Many people in the alpha may or may not have been saying all of the things the angry reviews are saying about the discover/activity columns.

    (but you didn't hear it from me..)

  • Alec Cunningham

    What really frustrates me is the fact that the three most accessed parts of Twitter I used was the Timeline, Notifications, and my profile. Now I can only access one of those easily, when beforehand I could swipe between all three. I don't care to look at the activity of my followers, or to see what else is happening in my twitter world.

    • http://www.LOVEanon.org/ Michael Oghia (Ogie)

      Exactly. They obviously want to promote the other two categories.

  • Rage06

    They should swap Notifications with Discover and this'll be perfect!

  • http://www.mscha.nl/ Michael Schaap

    I haven't even installed the previous update yet, since it added lots of unexplained fishy permissions, and Twitter doesn't respond to questions. (Receive text messages, install shortcuts, phone status and identity.)

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

    Maybe now that everyone has it outside the beta/alpha program they will listen and remove discovery or discovery and replace it with Notifications as that's what Mentions are now called.

  • bozzykid

    > This compose element does go away when you scroll down
    Not for me. So annoying.

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

    aaaaaaaaaaaand im still using plume

    • ithehappy

      And I TweetCaster. Hate this official app.

    • Paul

      And me still using Falcon Pro.

  • Nelson Wasiuk

    Notificartions are dumb. Sometimes I have 8 icons on the notifications menu... and per user tweets notifications its lame.

  • remister

    How does it compare to Plume, hmmmm?

  • Cory Wilson

    I just updated. It doesn't have the sliding menu. In fact other than eye candy, it's the exact same app. That's not a bad thing necessarily, it still looks good, and performs fine. I don't really understand what the upheaval is about

  • http://blog.k12.com/ Scott Holm

    I think I'll stick with Falcon Pro. I'd try the Twitter app if it had a night theme, I usually use Twitter at night and I don't like being blasted with a white screen

  • miri

    I hate this UI. Aesthetically it's fine, but functionally and organizationally it's a mess.

  • senor_heisenberg

    Off topic - Androidify has been updated with a Holo interface and new holiday outfits.

  • http://blog.brenthousen.com Brent Housen

    Does anyone know why it needs the "Your messages: Receive text messages (SMS)" permission? I'm a little apprehensive to update considering they don't really justify the need for that permission.

    • SSDROiD

      This is what Android needs - the ability to download an app and limit its permissions for what YOU are going to do with it. If I don't want Dropbox to see my contacts and camera, I could've just put "Deny" or something in those fields. Just my thoughts, though

    • http://my.opera.com/rafaelluik Rafael Luik

      Good question but this permission isn't exactly new, it has been there since the last couple of Twitter 4.x.x.

  • Alexei Watson

    Got it on my phone, not yet on my tab. hopefully it's not a gigantic phone app still.

  • Joe Anthony Suarez

    So is this the tablet-optimized version that the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 has been enjoying since August?

  • Alec Cunningham

    Has anyone found a twitter app that shows the favorites and retweets on your tweets, and lets you see who those people are? For some reason every 3rd party client that I have used lacks that feature, which is something I use almost every time I am on Twitter

    • http://shanked.me/ Shank

      Twitter removed this feature from the API in 1.1. Falcon Pro used to do it, but when the API switchover happened it got axed.

  • dextersgenius

    More importantly, what's the performance like? I love Plume but I'm looking for something more slick with better performance and more holo goodness.

  • Eloy Antunez

    tweetlanes! hjaha

  • Matthew DiGiacomo

    They put the Profile tab in the overflow. SERIOUSLY?

  • Flintoast

    I notice there aren't many fans of Robird here, is there a specfic reason for this or is it just personal preference? Holo themes and push notifications make it good enough for me.

    • dextersgenius

      Does't support multiple accounts, no homescreen widgets, and more.. basically the features pale in comparison to Plume.

  • AdjustedFlow

    I don't tweet and only use twitter to follow some interesting people. There are two things I want from my twitter app: dashclock extension and syncing across devices. I'm currently using falcon pro since it does both, but the tweetmarker system it uses to sync is painfully slow. Is there a better option for me? Does this thing sync better across devices? It doesn't have a dashclock extension but is it possible for someone to write one for the official app?

  • Adrian

    Amazing interface :)

  • Marcell Lévai

    This new app looks ridiculously good IMHO.


    I don't hate the new UI the way many others do (for me, performance and features go way above design), but I liked the previous UI way more! It was more blue and fitted the Twitter logo much better. This new, much whiter UI, is slightly painful to look at it for a long time.

    That said, the previous version didn't have the features this one has, so overall, I'm OK with this new update! Would be perfect if they just reverted back to the old UI and added the features, though!