Twitter just gave its Android app a Material Design makeover

Twitter just announced a global roll out of a material design rework for its Android app.

Twitter just announced the global rollout of design rework for its Android app. The new design follows Material Design principles outlined by Google in a constantly updated, "living document".

The most "with it" applications on the Play Store are giving their applications a Material Design makeover. Recently, Google itself updated Keep and YouTube with Material Design upgrades. Twitter now has a persistent top bar with tabs for the Twitter feed, notifications as well as direct messages. There is a persistent floating action button as well, to instantly send out a new tweet. This is similar to the 'compose new email' button in the Gmail app. A swipe to the right reveals a profile drawer with additional options, including highlights, lists and contacts.

This replaces a dual navigation bar on top, one of which had the compose tweet and profile options, the other one had home, hashtags and replies. Scrolling to the top and pulling down reveals the Search icon now, which was previously persistently available on the top right. The new design gives a cleaner interface, and brings into focus all the most important actions, while hiding less frequently used buttons behind swipes.

The update is in the process of being rolled out globally. What do you think of the Material Design makeover? Do you like it, or does it fall flat? Let us know in the comments section below.

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