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Twitter gets materialized in latest Android update

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Twitter is out with a new look for its Android app — one that follows Google’s Material Design guidelines for Android apps.

What’s Material Design? It’s a design language that Google unveiled when it launched Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google has pushed the design to almost all of its apps, and many other developers have followed suit with their own apps as well. Some of its notable features include a floating action button, a slide-out navigation menu, and tabs you can scroll through. All of that is available in the newest Twitter for Android update.

The design still maintains the white-and-blue theme that Twitter is recognizable for, but now you can easily slide between your notifications, timeline, Direct Messages, and more. The floating action button sits on the bottom right of the app, allowing people to compose a tweet instantly.

Sliding out the navigation drawer brings you quick access to your profile, Highlights, Lists, the Connect tab, and of course, your settings.

More features are reportedly on the way — at least, according to this tweet by Twitter developer Joaquim Vergès, who also created the popular third-party Twitter client Falcon Pro. He says a dark theme for the app is coming soon.

The features are rolling out globally today, so check the Play Store to see if your app is ready to update. The update should be dubbed version 6.0.0, but if you’re having trouble seeing the visual changes, try force closing the app in the background and reopening it.

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