Twitter app gets major design changes and features on iOS

Twitter is bringing major design changes and features to its iOS app. The company will bring fewer navigation tabs to the app, there’ll now be four. By default, those four tabs are for Home (your timeline), Search, Notifications (or Mentions) and Direct Messages. To access your profile, lists, settings and other accounts, simply swipe right to see a new side navigation menu.

In addition, the links to articles and websites will now open in Safari’s viewer. This will help you easily access accounts on websites you’re already signed into. The reply icon has been changed from a curved arrow to a speech bubble.

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The icons underneath each tweet are lighter as well. Typography will be more consistent, headlines will be bolder and profile photos will now be rounded instead of square. These design changes will be on the iOS app, Twitter.com, Twitter Lite, the Android app, as well as TweetDeck.

List of new Twitter features:

  • Profile, additional accounts, settings, and privacy – all in one place! A new side navigation menu and fewer tabs at the bottom of our app = less clutter and easier browsing. You told us you loved this change on Android last year and we’re excited to now bring it to iOS.
  • Links to articles and websites now open in Safari’s viewer in the Twitter app so you can easily access accounts on websites you’re already signed into.*
  • Refined typography to make it more consistent, and added bolder headlines to make it easier to focus on what’s happening. Also, rounded profile photos make it clearer to see what’s being said and who’s saying it.
  • 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.
  • Tweets now update instantly with Reply, Retweet, and like counts, so you can see conversations as they’re happening – live.

These design changes will be available on the iOS app, Twitter.com, Twitter Lite, the Android app, as well as TweetDeck.

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