In a post to Slack HQ today, the Slack Android team announced that version 2.0 of the chat service's Android app is coming (graduating from the 1.9.9 beta), and so far it looks much better than the current stable iteration.
With 2.0, Slack aims to fix its current navigation problem. Rather than hiding channels and teams in opposing sliding panels (one on each side of the screen), the new version puts teams up top, and everything else in the main screen, which is segmented into tabs that keep you up to date on chats, mentions, and starred items.
At first, the presence of a search icon in the toolbar and the search box below the tabs seems confusing, but the latter is a new "jump to..." feature that allows users to go straight to a specific channel, group, or message.
Slack says it's also refined the notification experience and improved search. Oh, and there is of course a floating action button to start a new channel.
The update should be rolling out today and tomorrow, with quicker updates and more improvements promised for the future. If you don't feel like waiting for 2.0 though, you can grab it from APK Mirror here. Read Slack's full blog post below.