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Talon for Twitter Updated With Material Design Aesthetics, Limited to Android L Users

Are you running the Android L preview, but still looking to increase your Material Design intake? Well, the developer of Talon for Twitter has released his updated application, bringing Google’s new design language to life. This is one of the first applications we have seen to take advantage of the new guidelines, and so far, we’re impressed. 

The app features a nice and bright timeline, but also gives users the ability to switch to a blacked-out timeline if they so choose. As for what’s changed between the current Talon and the Talon for Material Design, the developer has introduced a floating button, which allows you to create new tweets. Animations have been freshened up, and there is also a new tweet pop-up, which displays pop-up messages when tweets are received.

Unfortunately, only folks running Android L can install this application. If you are running anything older, such as Kit Kat or Jelly Bean, the developer says don’t bother. Besides, while parts do look good, the app certainly features a few bugs. It is only a preview at this point, much like the OS it is running on.

If you want to try it out, sideload the apk file by downloading it from the link below.

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Via: +Luke Klinker
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  • Wall Breaker

    I wonder if OEM’s like Samsung will Adopt this Material Design into their UI Next year?

    If they Did it would make OEm skins a whole lot better and make Android feel more Unified but keeping the OEM’s happy by giving them the freedom to do whatever features they desire.

  • LeadTheLeader

    Nice client! Worth a try!

    Led Lampen

  • Trent Callahan

    I feel like the only person that doesn’t like Klinker apps. They just feel too cluttered to me.

  • Lumia Nexus

    how many L users are out there? 1, 2, -1, -2? fanboys creeps chanting on smalllll tiny uselesss updates

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  • kashtrey

    It looks pretty, but I’m not sure if the animations necessarily follow all of the design principles. For instance, a lot of the transitions from the timeline to tweet view are jarring. The FAB (floating action button) more or less vanishes and then reappears out of no where when transitioning from time line to tweet view. The app bar flys out and back in unnecessarily between the two views (it’s used more or less identically in both views).

    I think the animations are somewhat “confusing.” I think one thing that designers need to keep in mind with material design and animations is that one of the key design pillars is having the user always know where things go/are before and after the transition. I’m not sure fly ins from all directions, necessarily agree with this goal. I’d think something along the contact transition (here: http://www.google.com/design/spec/animation/meaningful-transitions.html#meaningful-transitions-meaningful-transitions-examples) would be a good starting point for this app.

  • ddpacino

    This purple “new Tweet” button is iffy. Doesn’t really go with the Orange. Google should publish some additional info on what colors go best with each other.

  • mbaldwin85

    Orange is hideous.

  • Justtyn Hutcheson

    This update is a perfect example of why the L preview is a phenomenal idea. Give the devs time to see what’s changing, update the style/interactions, do beta testing, etc. before the software goes out to the masses. Plus it allows the OEMs to integrate their own services faster, especially if they update the bulk of their apps/services via the Play Store ala Motorola, Sony, and HTC.

    I am cautiously optimistic that L will have the fastest adoption rate of any version of Android, by a wide margin. Nobody has any reasonable excuses for delays, at least for their latest flagships, and one could argue for their most recent lineup in general. I am also very interested to see what Samsung, LG, HTC and others manipulate to either fit the Material Design or try to mask it.

    • George264

      HTC already has Material Design esque design in their Sense 6. Look at Blinkfeed or all their applications with the notification bar matching the app, the giant bursts of color in every app. Phone is blue, Music is Red, Messages is Blue, Blinkfeed is Green, etc. I’m really hoping Samsung takes this in and improves on their Touchwiz.

      • Justtyn Hutcheson

        I figure that HTC and LG will likely fall in-line with Material Design.

        I agree that Samsung should take this opportunity to seriously rethink their UI design and come in-line with Material Design. Considering how massive a change it is to the overall design of the OS, I genuinely believe that they will institute a similarly significant redesign (released with the new F series just after L drops, perhaps?), but whether it actually accepts the bulk of Material Design’s philosophies or continues the rather belligerent adherance to their “signature style” is anyone’s guess.

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      • Wall Breaker

        I imagine Google Showed Material Design to all the OEM’s before the GS5 and HCT One M8 because ironically like you said they are similar even touchwiz on the GS5 has the sam color drop down notifications as L and a more flatter look.

      • That was my thought upon seeing Android L – it looks a *lot* like Sense 6.

    • ddpacino

      The best thing of all, it appears this will be standard going forward. So it appears that there’s a huge benefit of having a Nexus, to get to play with the OS previews really early.

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  • Does this have Connect/Interactions support? Most 3rd party apps don’t. Until then, I can’t help but stick with the Official app.

    • ddpacino

      Yes. You have options to get notified for favorites, RTs, and new followers.

    • DC_Guy

      FYI, Fenix has Interactions Support and is one of the best Android twitter clients I’ve used.

  • MahmoodBH

    Navigation drawer looks ugly with Material

  • JSo

    I thought devs weren’t allowed to publish Android L apps to the Play Store yet?

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      It’s not in the play store

      • JSo

        My mistake