Twitter has overhauled its official Android app, debuting a brand new user interface.
Twitter 2.0 for Android just hit the Android Market, ditching the blue homescreen and sluggish menus for a slick, user-friendly, quicker service that will go head-to-head with the top unofficial clients.
First thing we noticed, upon downloading the free update was the ease of finding your friends. On start-up the app sifts through your contacts and serves-up those who are already using the service.
The app has a new tabbed interface meaning you can now rapidly slide between tweets, @replies, direct messages and lists, without returning to the homescreen, as in the previous iteration.
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Tapping the search icon allows you to access trending topics, while the Android menu button offers access to your own profile.
Tweeting is a lot easier too. The new app has added an auto complete for @replies, so you don't have to type in the entire username, while there's also a drop-down box for you to select the contact manually.
Location, Location, Location
Thankfully the app doesn't require you to have your location switched-on anymore and it's a lot easier to add pictures to your tweets, either by selecting them from your gallery or using the camera.
All-in-all the new Twitter for Android app is a big improvement and, perhaps for the first time, serves-up a real challenge to the likes of Tweetdeck. You'll need Android 2.1 or higher to take advantage.