Twitter alpha preps app shortcuts and round icons to take advantage of Android 7.1

The new tricks are neat, but this early release version of the app is quite crash-prone and shouldn't be relied on for everyday use.

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Twitter is flocking to the newest features enabled by Android 7.1.

The alpha version of Twitter now uses app shortcuts, which fire up a list of quick actions when you touch and hold on the icon. 

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Jump right into one of three actions thanks to the new app shortcuts.

As you can also see, there's a round icon available for launchers (like the Pixel Launcher) that use the new format. Additionally, there are three app shortcuts: search, new tweet, and new message. As with other Android apps that have turned on the shortcut feature, you can drag any of these actions onto the home screen for quick access. 

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Any of these actions can be accessible right from the home screen. 

If you want to check this out, you’ll need to sign up for the Twitter Android alpha. Once you do this you’ll shortly see an update for your existing Twitter app. Of course, a word of caution: this isn’t even beta, so it’s bound to be wonky and crash from time to time. So you’ll have to decide if that round icon and shortcuts are worth it.

Why this matters: With the Pixel selling particularly well, we should see more developers jump aboard with rolling out features available for Android 7.1. And when it comes to looking for your next phone, it makes the Pixel, or other phones that make a swift move to 7.1, more attractive with all those new software tricks.

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