Twitter beta

Version 5.0 cleans up the interface, adds in-line media previews for some services

Those of you in Twitter's official beta testing group are seeing an update to version 5.0 of the app that is worthy of a full point release jump. Just two weeks after creating the group to help test new features, Twitter has pushed an update that completely revamps the entire interface with a cleaner and even more minimalist design, a new slide-in menu from the left bar to manage organization and a new settings view.

The app retains the same standard blue, white and gray color palette, but spruces things up a bit with use of a thinner font and more options for tabs — home, notifications, messages, activity, trending, find people and me — at the top of the app. In terms of features, it looks as though we're getting in-line image previews (no more tapping in to see media) for at least some services, along with the ability to customize the top tabs to your liking.

The widget has also changed as well, albeit more subtly than the app interface itself. Let's hope that this update makes its way out of beta and to the stable channel soon, as it seems to bring a fresh design and lots of great new features that users will want. If you just can't wait, you can find more information about how to join beta groups of all kinds, including Twitter's, at our app beta page.

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Twitter releases beta update with drastically new interface

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If you've seen the latest Google applications all of them are in white following the 'contact card' design of Google Now so why make a dark theme when it's clear that at some point (maybe even with Kit Kat) the whole Android interface will adopt this clear design too?

Hello good sir! Not sure if you have the ability to invite myself as well, but if you do, it would be much appreciated.

Thanks for your time!

Matt

If that terrible blue line is mandatory, that's a deal breaker. I hate it.

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People get pissy over the du mbest stuff

Sent from my wifes phone. Typos are because I hate her keyboard choices. Her bad

The twitter brand is blue. With something as ubiquitous as this, it's literally no different than complaining about the yellow color of a pineapple.

Oh, it's pretty nice! They need to get rid or those always visible reply/retweet/favorite buttons on every tweet though. Definitely moving in the right direction! Glad to be a part of the beta.

Only one gripe I have is it has the hamburger menu, but no left swipe! But i think that's just an error on there part otherwise it feels almost sacrilegious to say this but its better then Falcon and definitely faster than Carbon.

I noticed that too. I hope it is just because it is beta that the left swipe doesn't work.

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interesting because a few weeks ago, for a few seconds, i saw my twitter app display image previews.

I think this is pretty good. The inline previews are a very welcome feature. A dark theme, mute(yeah right) and sync is all that's really missing.

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Are notifications working well in this latest beta? I use The official client for push and Plume for everything else.

Can you provide more details on the widget? Is it able to scroll now ala falcon pro widget or still only showing one tweet at a time?

I hope the top navigation panel is just a remnant of the old app...having 2 navigation modes is weird.

When I try and join the group I get a invite only message :-[

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Looks sexy, but it's a mess.
Too much tabs.
But I have to admit, It's smooth as hell.

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Is the group not open anymore? I've tried everything to join and can't. Dead ends everywhere. Never had this issue joining any other beta : /

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I guess they closed it. Apparently it was open at one point. Idk, am glad to hear it's not just me though.

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I like it so far, very bright and easy to use. I have an issue with the pullout menu though. They seem to have gone for some weird metallic thing which doesn't quite go with the rest of the app. Placeholder maybe?

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I'm having trouble joining the beta group as well, says o have to be invited. Never had a problem joining other betas, oh well

Really enjoying this update.
Like others have mentioned, it really needs a dark theme as an option.

Other than that, they are moving in the right direction.

Maybe this IPO can get them the necessary funding? Lol.

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Not built with Android design standards. They built it with iOS design standards, and then proceeded to slap the Android navigation window button in the top left. You can't swipe it out like it's meant to, and the drawer pushes the content aside instead of overlaying it like every other app.

Definitely followed iOS guidelines and hoped we'd just be stoked about those three little familiar lines.

Stupid beta group is invite only?! No matter what I try (desktop or mobile) it won't allow me to join it. Pretty damn annoying.

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It was closed even a couple of weeks ago.. Certainly wasn't letting anyone join by the time it was announced on here.

Possibly it's always been invite only.

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Does it keep that annoying "tweet your recent photo" notification every single time you use your camera?

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How exactly is the blue bar useless? It holds options to search, tweet and the menu key, as well as the hamburger button on the left. its a completely standard use of an action bar.

Didn't you guys read the TOS - shame on you! =P

"We may show you confidential, yet to be released products or features and you must be willing to keep those secret."

The open beta program is VERY secret according to Twitter ;-)

Soooo much bright blue & white..... Ahhhhh my eyes da goggles do nothing! Seriously though ok maybe a dark theme isn't in the cards but at least make the title names in black or something for some form of contrast. Also I'd like to see an option to use the system font. Not a fan of their anorexic font. Or at least some kind of bolding option for my poor eyes. Also really how hard is it for them(and really this applies to all the official major social media apps - Facebook, G+, etc.) to do a scrollable freaking widget? Having said that it definitely a vast improvement but still not ready to abandon Falcon just yet.

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I would really love to join the beta for Twitter but it says i have to be a member.. any help would be greatly appreciated.

Working good for me, but only thing I want is to hide tabs (like find friends) from the top tabs, but still have then show up in the hamburger menu.

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