Twitter for Tablets

Other non-Samsung tablets to receive the updated UI 'by the end of the year'

Twitter has finally announced that it has developed a tablet-optimized version of its Android app, but there's a big caveat if you're wanting to get your hands on it now. Taking to its official blog, Twitter explained all of the great benefits of its new design that takes advantage of larger tablet screens ... but here's the catch, it is exclusive to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition.

The new interface, which is "magazine-like" in design, takes advantage of the extra screen real estate to show your Timeline on one side of the screen and expanded tweets on the right with one tap. Another tap on media in tweets will take you full screen to read articles, view pictures or watch videos right inside the app.

Beyond these overall interface changes, Twitter's partnership with Samsung for the exclusive launch of the tablet-optimized app includes a few new features tailored to the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. If you have the latest Samsung tablet you can resize Twitter with the "Multi window" feature to multitask, draw notes, illustrations or annotate photos with the S Pen and tweet them out right in the app.

The update also includes an enhanced widget with breaking news alerts and the ability to retweet and favorite without entering the app. This new Twitter app is loaded on the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition out of the box, with no indication of what other devices will get access to the new app outside of a promise that it will expand availability "by the end of the year."

More: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 - 2014 Edition review

Twitter for Tablets

Twitter for Tablets

Source: Twitter Blog

There are 25 comments

Timelessblur says:

And yet another reason why I refuse to use the official twitter app. Is it just me or is Samsung trying to destroy the android experience and force fragmentation.

Grahaman27 says:

Twitter sucks. Why do I use it?

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15israellai says:


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Samsung is gonna do what's good for its own products and customers. They have little incentive to help the ecosystem as a whole at this point as long as they can keep making deals on their own.

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Timelessblur says:

funny part is that can be argue to be wrong. What Samsung is doing is look at short term growth at the cost of long term growth. This helps them in the short run but hurts them in the long run as in the long run Android ecosystem growth would be better.
If samsung does this enough they are just asking for Google to step in and say NOPE can not do that. If you want to limit an app to certain devices only then you need to provide a good reason.

Example would be BT4.0 but even then all they can do is say hey we require BT 4.0 on the device and let Google handle the rest.

This is just asking for Google to step in as Google is more interested in long term ecosystem health.

How can Google ever stop exclusive app partnerships? The app is pre-loaded on the tablet, Google can't (and won't try to) tell manufacturers what apps can and cant be pre-loaded. Just because Twitter offers an app in the Play Store doesnt mean they shouldnt be allowed to exclusively partner for a new version on Samsung tablets.

Even if in some bizarro world Google starts trying to stop this, all Samsung will do is put it in the Samsung Apps store and theyre back at square 1 — Google cant do anything about that.

Aaron Watson says:

Interesting. It's normal for a small company like Flipboard to partner with Samsung for exclusive features but Twitter? Boy, they must have paid alot of money. Anyway, I'm sure our good friends at XDA will get this.

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ReggieTee says:

Meh. The .apk will be available shortly.

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Hunter Petit says:


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eahinrichsen says:

Definitely. And I'll bet we see at least a few scummy malware-laden apks out there.

milesmcever says:

Never found one of those have you?

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Choorp says:

Tempting, but I'll stick with the Twitter beta app. I can't go back to the old style.

vividrich says:

Couldn't care less, I use Tweetcaster.

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Guess who has two thumbs and will be searching xda for this tonight... THIS GUY! I wish Facebook would release a tablet optimized app... it's been too long now ignoring that tablets are a major device now.

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RaiderWill says:

Damn.. Another reason to consider purchasing this 10.1 2014.. Just arrived at BestBuy today..

Eerth says:

You don't want to support this nonsense, right?

kylecordiano says:

So Twitter decides to put this for the Galaxy Note 2, but the Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 line will be later on. That really makes sense considering this device just launched.

chronophilos says:

Wow. The official twitter app was getting better for phones, but I'm now uninstalling it for good. Android tablets launched almost three years ago and the first official tablet-optimized app is an exclusive? Ridiculous.

sprint4lyfe says:

Old screen shot. Smith got the DUI weeks ago.

ccm435 says:

The whole tablet itself is not right. It has hardware buttons pretty much forcing landscape mode. I know that's the mode us 10.1 tablet users are in most the time (not all the time), but I hate being forced to use it that way to have a normal experience. I love my Nexus 10, and you know who made that??? That's right-Samsung. So WTF Samsung?!?! You have, and could do so much better about being open. You are slowly turning into your own Apple who used to be your enemy. I guess "if you can't beat 'em join 'em?".

Meh 2 cents.

dchawk81 says:

Samsung finally realized that you have to close some things off to provide a superior, cohesive user experience for the masses.

Most people want simplicity and predictability in their lives; not the ability to hack things.

It sucks for those of us who want to mess with our devices but to those of us who want reliability and consistency it's pretty appealing.

In short, most people want (even need) to be at least guided in a direction. Leave things too open and many people are dumbfounded. It's option overload.

worhello says:

The apk's already available, although it might be for an older version. No point in complaining about a feature that will only come officially in December or January, but that you can get with a little googling, now.

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olues says:

Twicca's still the way to go.

Jay Sea says:

I can't find the widget. I have to refresh it manually. seems crappy. Maybe when I learn how to use it it will be ok. G'day

Jay Sea says:

The is ir.