Twitter rolls out a massive redesign on mobile

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Twitter's fancy new look on iPhone.
Twitter's fancy new look on iPhone.
Photo: Twitter

Twitter has begun rolling out the latest version of its mobile apps today, introducing a big redesign that unifies the user experience across Android and iOS.

It’s prettier and easier to navigate, but it still doesn’t deliver the option to edit tweets.

Twitter has been toying with design changes on Android for the past year or so. Now those changes — and many more — are migrating to iOS, Tweetdeck, and the Twitter Lite app aimed at emerging markets where data connectivity is spotty.

The first thing you’ll notice is better typography, new icons, and round avatars. Twitter has also changed the reply button to a speech bubble because many users thought the old, arrow-shaped icon “meant delete or go back to a previous page.”

Swiping from the left of the screen reveals your profile panel, where you can quickly see your latest counts for following and followers. It also contains the buttons for your lists, Moments, your full profile page, and the settings and privacy menu.

Twitter redesign 2017

Twitter has finally swapped its own in-app browser for Apple’s Safari View Controller, which means you now get features like content blocking, AutoFill, and the Reader view. It makes clicking links to webpages and articles a significantly less painful experience.

Twitter on mobile looked perfectly decent prior to this redesign, but the company will undoubtedly be hoping that a new look can attract new users and boost interest in its network. Many of the changes can also be enjoyed in your browser on a desktop.

The latest version of the Twitter app is rolling out over the coming days. You’ll be able to download it from the App Store and Google Play.

  • Marinite

    HATE that they removed the Me button from the bottom. Almost never use Messages, bad design.

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  • “Swiping from the left of the screen reveals your profile panel…”
    When I heard this I thought “Finally, Twitter gives us easy access to our lists!” But I am unable to get a profile panel by swiping from the left. I’ve tried every variation that I can imagine, with no success. Then I noticed that while I do have the new design, I still have the ‘Me’ icon. Does anyone else have what seems like a partially updated app with some but not all of the new features? Any ideas why this would be the case and how to get ALL the new features?