Android tablet users finally have a Twitter app designed specifically for the larger tablet format. Twitter announced today that it’s finally releasing its tablet optimized Android app. The app is designed for the higher resolution of tablets, and has a two column layout that makes use of the larger screen real estate. The look and feel are very similar to Twitter’s iPad app.
In a strange turn, however, the Twitter app is currently only available for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1. It will be coming to other Samsung tablets soon, but other brands will have to wait until the end of the year. Surprisingly, even the Nexus 7 won’t be getting the tablet app any time soon.
The app is compatible with Samsung’s multi window feature, which lets you use two apps at once with a split screen and includes an updated homescreen widget. The app also supports the Note’s S Pen to draw and doodle on photos and post them to Twitter. That’s a pretty nifty feature that will surely create some fun tweets!
Twitter worked closely with Samsung to include the Galaxy Note features in the app. So the exclusivity makes sense in that respect. But considering the huge popularity of the Nexus 7, it’s surprising that an optimized Twitter app isn’t coming to Google’s tablet in the same time frame.
The tablet app will be coming to other tablets by the end of the year. For now, any of you who own a 2014 Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 can grab the download for the Google Play Store.
For more information, Twitter’s announcement follows below:
Twitter for Android – Now on Tablets
Thursday, October 10, 2013 | By Michael Ducker (@miradu), Senior Product Manager [18:04 UTC]
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.
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