Carbon for Android goes v2#C2PointOh
The first version of Carbon was released on Android in February 2013, that’s about Ten months ago and some. Ever since then the landscape of Android design & experience has changed dramatically. With all the changes and with a Quarter Million users strong we had to cater to the changes. V2 was planned. We worked on it. And here it is. New Visual Style
The new style is based completely around the element Carbon, staying away from our heavily imitated vicious Hawk. Going crystal on this one!
The tone of the app changes with the style and this time around we’ve gone extra simple yet maintaining elegance and uniqueness.Interface, we hate calling it UI
Never has Carbon been simpler although we’ve been always called “Minimalists” with v2, it’s taken to an extra mile of simplicity and liteness on the eyes. We cleaned up the textures, meshes and the background noise. Result is a clean Timeline.Based around Three main timelines
We’re keeping it the same way. Timeline,@Mentions, and Direct Messages. Everything else are either a swipe or a maximum of Two taps away. That way we’re keeping the balance between power users and those who don’t utilize Lists and Searches.
Home screen is nothing but a Timeline of Tweets with a touch of personality of users’ own style, the Avatar. It’s the User & the Timeline. Nothing else.Power-users Not Forgotten
With a lot of simplicity often comes canceling features and a narrow navigation. It was great challenge to maintain Super mode and Simple mode and having them in one experience. So Quick Timeline was reborn. A Timeline that acts like a Wild Card, you can load any type of Tweets on it from Favorites, Retweets, and Lists to Saved Searches. All just a swipe away from the right side of the screen, and it remembers its state with every time you open the app. A smart 4th column is what Tweetdeck users would call it.Timeline Design
With v1, the concept was to have literally timeline-looking Timeline. That is with the lines that point out to to Times. A literal Timeline visual as opposed to the traditional list of rows on an app chrome.
With the #C2PointOh
it all changed. Even less chrome, and less markers. The idea was to make it even better read and skimmed through. We’ve taken @screenames& times to the bottom of the Tweets, adding more emphasis on users Avatars instead. Better typography and spacing.Timeline Media, we go square on this one!
This had to be a big change based on our observations. When we designed the first Image preview style on Timeline(the one every Twitter app in the galaxy adopted) the landscape of Image uploads was different. Square photos were not the norm, now, square photos are the majority of the photos on our streams. Photos, videos and all of the media previews are now square on our Timelines, reducing the need to zooming in on photos as they show the whole thing right on the Timeline.
Instagram? Vine? Yup, specially for those two.Quick Actions
As performance gets better we now are able to implement more stuff right on the Timeline. While we could’ve done these long ago, performance and jumpiness that such additions add to Timeline experience have been stopping us. Not anymore. We now have extra Quick Actions right on the Timeline. One tap and you have access to everything. Links, #Hashtags
, and @Mentions become clickable and you’ll be able to operate on Tweets right from the Timeline.One-tap access to the “Chaos Menu”
No overflow menu this time. Except, it’s a “Me” menu. One Menu that holds all of the personalization and “my” stuff. Profile, Retweets, Favorites, Lists, and other accounts in addition to Trends, Search, Mutes, and of course what would personalization be without Preferences. Oh, and if you have more than one account, it’s right here on the “Chaos Menu”.New Tweet Screen
Again easier on the eye, less layout visuals and more content. We added Retweets to the mix and made conversations even simpler, a draggable drawer.Even better Profile screens
While everyone’s celebrating the use of “Banners” we went old-school with this one, back to profile Backgrounds instead. Why? Banners are great for Landscape interfaces, where we have more width than height to use content, on a portrait experience such as Twitter? We decided, something more vertical would go better, specially that Background images have far higher resolutions usually and make for great backdrops.
If you have used our v.1, you’d know by now that v.2 is a brand-new experience rooted in the same dark Carbonic mines. The same core, different new and refreshing experience.So what else does v.2 bring?
Lots of under-the-hood re-design and fixings. Major performance enhancements specially for loading times and screen transitions.
A host of fixes and crashes are not fixed, specially the bug that prevented users from uploading photos on high mega-pixel phones.
- Don’t Disturb Mode
- New Notification Ringtone
- Oxide(Black & White) Mode
- Enhanced Tweet Sizes Settings
- Users can now update their Avatars right from Carbon.
- Retweet screen to see who retweeted your Tweets.
- Better Trending Topics screen and handling
- Improved Hashtag Timeline
- New Compose Screen
- New Direct Message Screen
- Enhanced Vine Video Playback and Repeat
- Redesigned Widget
- Quote Tap gesture for quick RTs and Quotes
- Filters are now called MutesWhat’s next?
Our feature request lists are still long, we could go on for a long time if Twitter doesn’t stop us and enough folks keep donating to support the development.
So go get it! If you're still getting the old version on the store, give it a bit until it updates for you.
Tweet it with #C2PointOh
and let everyone know!