A mere 34 months after the launch of Motorola Xoom, Twitter have finally released a tablet friendly version of their Android app. Tragically, in its current guise, it’s exclusively a Samsung tablet app. It’s a state of affairs that highlights everything wrong with Android on tablets, and Samsung’s stronghold over the Android ecosystem.
If there’s a silver lining, it’s that it probably isn’t worth the effort of installing anyway. If it’s anything like Twitter’s iPad app, you won’t actually be missing out on much. The once amazing multi-pane experience was butchered last year with an update that took away all of its best features and left it well behind third party apps like Tweetbot.
Those with brand new Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition (doesn’t that roll off the tongue!) tablets can check out the app now. It will come to other Samsung tablets soon, with all other Android tablets getting it sometime before the year end. I’m guessing Plume/Falcon Pro developers won’t be losing any sleep.
You can read the full press note below.
Today, we’re introducing Twitter for Android Tablets.
While we’ve long offered a mobile app for Android users, we’ve not yet provided an app that is optimized for Android tablets –– until now.
The landscape view fills your screen with Tweets, conversations, Trends, accounts to follow and more. With a single tap, Tweets expand on the right side to show photos, videos and article previews. Dive deeper with another tap to see photos, play videos or read links from the web in fullscreen mode.
Now Twitter is optimized for your Android tablet.
Twitter for Android Tablets will first be available on Samsung tablets, starting today with the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-2014 Edition, and it will come to other Android tablets by the end of the year. We worked with Samsung to include a few unique features:
This new view lets you run Twitter and another app at the same time. Now, you can read Tweets while browsing the web, or check out accounts while you stream music and videos.
We’re introducing a widget that brings Twitter content directly to your tablet. The new Twitter widget lets you engage with Tweets, photos, and videos while also delivering country specific breaking news, music, sports and photos. By logging in, you’ll see a more personalized experience where you can interact by favoriting or retweeting right from the widget.
Illustrate your Tweets
You can now use Twitter as your canvas to create and tweet colorful illustrations, or you can also draw directly on photos from your photo gallery and share them. The ability to doodle also works with the S-Pen, which is available on the Galaxy Note 10.1-2014 Edition.
Starting today, Twitter for Android Tablets is on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1-2014 Edition, and soon it will be available on other Samsung tablets as well. Follow @twittermobile for updates, including when the app will be available on other Android tablets.