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Twitter Rolls Out Version 5.0 to Android Users – Completely Reworked UI, Sidebar Navigation

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Twitter is allowing beta testers to try out version 5.0 of the official app, which brings a few exciting new features and a completely revamped look. For starters, the top navigation columns still exist, but the mothership of app control is now based in the newly-added sidebar system which is seen in many other apps like Facebook and Google+. From here, you can quickly navigate throughout the entire application. 

Again, this is for beta users, so go sign up if you are interested in trying it out.

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Cheers David and Jared!

  • Wow! now it will be more easy to use it on mobiles. Thanks for sharing..


  • Bretton Key

    Twiiter’s development has been incremental like this because it’s using 3rd party twitter apps to gauge what people like and how to cement their place in social networking via mobile. I guartantee, that they will roll out some better features and enhance the user experience…similar to how facebook is breaking out their changes. Once they have themeing, color-coding/labeling of tweets, and some more performance kicks they will crush any competition. They could do all this now, but they are doing it in phases as to not tap out too quick and buffer themselves for change of social media users.
    If they never had this mind or wasn’t planning this, they never would have offered/particiapeted in the beta app they’ve been steadily working.

  • Droid Ronin

    Still like Falcon Pro and Carbon as alternatives.

  • a3uge

    Are they finally getting in-line image thumbnails like literally every other Twitter client that exists in the Play Store?

  • Jonathan Bunch

    I hate the fact that you can’t access the slide out menu from anywhere like YouTube or g+, you have to hit the button at the top

    • possomcrast1

      When you have a tall phone like the HTC One getting your finger up there can really be a stretch.

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Every site keeps putting a post to thte sign up page. No one is saying you can’t sign up anymore. There is no option.

    • brkshr

      The apk is posted on one of the other android news sites.

      (I’m sure you can guess which one)

      • Paul Hansen

        Was gonna say, i posted it like 3 hrs ago somewhere down below lol

  • Mickmayi

    I can’t get into the beta now 🙁 there is no “Join Group” any other way?

  • Geoffrey Gunter

    Meh. Not a fan of so much light. This and the new Drive UI are worse in my opinion.

    • John

      new Drive UI isn’t all that bad. I agree with you on Twitter though.

  • Jayayess1190

    Why does Twitter hate easy access to lists?

  • Paul Hansen
    • Paul Hansen

      200 downloads and not a single upvote. le sigh. greedy bastards lol.

  • Just_Some_Nobody

    Still wasting screen real estate. Their designers are aweful.

    • miri

      The tabs are necessary for quick-scrolling to the top and unobtrusive notifications.

  • Ben

    It’s cool that you can rearrange stuff in the sidebar and have the top rearranged with it.

    But don’t tap on any tweets; it’ll crash. Hope you’re good at tapping tiny tiny Retweet icons. lol

    • Metal_Link

      Long tap for larger buttons. That still works.

      • Ben

        Awesome, thanks! 😀 Things are looking mighty small on my temporary phone (Razr M)

    • Paul Hansen

      I’m not having any force closes on my MAXX (so it should be fine on all the new moto’s)

  • JBartcaps

    You can’t enter the sidebar pane with a swipe…you have to tap the top left. I don’t like this

  • possomcrast1

    So they won’t let Falcon Pro have more user tokens, but they’ll essentially copy it’s whole user experience.

    • socarwolverine

      That doesn’t upset me, anything to make the official app less craptastic.

    • Charlie Val

      How’d they copy it?

      • Greg Morgan

        the line image previews, the menu to the left

    • Tony Byatt

      And? If the (free) official Twitter app improves and becomes equal to or better than the (priced) Falcon Pro app then what’s the issue?

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  • PizzleWizzle

    Is beta closed? I want to try out 5.0

    • MatthewSimmons

      Yeah it’s an invite only group now.

  • JBartcaps

    Whats up with that red and white?

    • miri

      The background for the drawer is a blurred version of your header image

      • JBartcaps

        Correct, thanks!

  • Hothfox

    Nifty. I’m in the beta program but can’t download the new version yet. Hope it rolls out soon!

  • miri

    I’m all for light-themed UIs but that is REALLY bright. Especially on my OG Nexus 7.

    • Justin W

      I’m not sure if I am a fan the Holo Light theme everyone’s been jumping on lately. I like the look a lot, until I’m in a dark/low-light area – then it’s just a massive strain on the eyes.

  • The previous Twitter apps torched my battery on the Galaxy Nexus. I didn’t mess around with trying to tweak or look into it too deep (I just uninstalled and used the browser) but it burned well over 30% in no time. Hopefully this version solves that as well.

  • Can anyone pull the apk? I’m unable to join the group for some reason.