Android users have been getting a taste of parts of Android’s new Material Design before the Android L Developer Preview was even announced in Google apps such as Google+. Klinker Apps has released a beta of their Talon for Twitter app which features an overhaul utilizing most of the Material Design guidelines – and is one of the first developers to do so.
Unfortunately at this time, the Talon beta is only available for users running the Android L Developer Preview. In order to get the beta running, you will have to sideload the APK (linked at the bottom of this post) after downloading it from the developer’s website.
The first thing that users will notice is Talon’s orange header bar which extends into the Android system notification bar. This color extension into the notification bar really adds to feeling immersed in the application and adds a welcome splash of color to the Android interface.
A key element of Material Design, a blue floating compose tweet button has been added to Talon for Twitter. As well, a floating notification button indicates the number of new tweets. This floating notification dynamically updates to let the user know how many tweets there are from their current position to the top of their timeline. Another interesting component you will notice is how the main Talon bar disappears (it slides up and down) and reappears depending on which direction you are scrolling in your timeline – scroll up and the header bar disappears, scroll down and the header bar, notification bar and new tweet button slide back into place.
Talon for Twitter features some of the new responsive interaction that can’t be justified in screenshots. This is most noticeable when you click to expand a tweet. The user’s profile image slides in from the top while the tweet slides in from the bottom of the screen. If the tweet contained an image, then the image slides in from the top instead of the user’s profile image. The header and notification bars also fade from orange to a transparent overlay, and fades back in once you start scrolling down.
If you’re not able to install the app, you can see what some responsive interaction examples look like on the Google Design guideline website. The responsive interaction really adds to the experience and provides just the right amount of feedback and motion depending on what action the user takes to make for a more fluid application experience.
Some additional features that are carried over from the current version of the app include a night mode, dark theme, full emoji support, an inline web browser, and more.
If Talon for Twitter Beta is any indication of what we can expect to see from Material Design, I can’t wait to see how other application developers implement it.Download Twitter Andr oid L Beta APK from KlinkerApps