Twitter preparing to roll out new look, features on most platforms

All of Twitter’s platforms will be getting an update over the next few days and weeks, although iOS users may see the most change as the iOS client incorporates more of an Android look. Headlining the changes and the leading example of how Twitter is bringing the Android experience to iOS is a new side navigation menu for profiles, accounts, settings and privacy. On iOS, the bottom menu bar is also being trimmed to be simpler, much like the Android menu bar.

Another change that is specific to iOS is the use of the Safari viewer inside the Twitter app. The Safari viewer will be used when someone follows a link to an article or web site which will make it easier to access accounts and sites that a user has already logged into.

Across other Twitter platforms, which include Twitter for Android, TweetDeck, Twitter Lite and twitter.com, users will find new typography being used and bolder headlines. Twitter will also be moving to round profile photos.

Twitter also indicates they have made a change to the reply icon. According to feedback and their own research, too many people were confusing the reply icon, which had been an arrow, with a desire to go back to a previous page or to delete something. Going forward, the reply icon will be a chat bubble, which Twitter thinks will be more familiar to users. The icons themselves have a lighter look to them.

Another change users may notice is that information on replies, retweets and likes will update instantly in real-time. Twitter says additional accessibility options will be added, like increasing color contrast.

source: Twitter


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, and an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his wife and kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active in his church, a local MINI Cooper car club, and his daughter's soccer club. Jeff is married, has three kids, and a golden retriever.