The newest Twitter iOS redesign is part of an ongoing campaign to unify the platform’s experience across Android, Twitter Lite, Tweetdeck, and Apple…
Beginning today, Twitter is rolling out substantial updates to its mobile apps, in an effort to bring unity to Android, iOS, Tweetdeck, and progress web app, Twitter Lite. The refresh includes changes made to its Android native app over the past year. Now, the profile resides on a new side navigation tab, with different typography.
Twitter iOS Redesign Brings Android, Twitter Lite, Tweetdeck Experience Closer to Parity
The single largest change for Twitter iOS is few navigation tabs, reducing the count from five to four. Those tabs are now: Home, Search, Notification (or Mentions), and Direct Messages. Now, iOS users can access their profiles, lists, settings, and other accounts, simply by swiping right, revealing a new side navigation menu.
Another change to Twitter iOS is how URLs open. Instead of websites loading in-app, sites now launch in the Safari browser. The purpose of the change, is to allow users unfettered access to websites which they are already signed into, according to a spokesperson. It also provides users with the option to use Safari Reader or jump into private browsing.
Twitter iOS also sports refreshed icons. “More intuitive icons make it easier to engage with Tweets – especially if you’re coming to Twitter for the first time. For example, people thought the reply icon, an arrow, meant delete or go back to a previous page. We switched to a speech bubble, a symbol most know and love. We also made the icons lighter for more seamless interaction,” Grace Kim, VP of User Research & Design, explains.
Additionally, Tweets update instantly with a reply, Retweet, and like counts. The latest updates are rolling out over the next few days and weeks.
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