Android 7.1 launched with the new Pixel smartphones and became available in beta form for the Nexus 5X and 6P not too long ago, but many apps are already adding support for the new features that 7.1 brings. With its newest alpha build, Twitter Alpha has become the latest app to do so by continuing support for app shortcuts and around app icon. This build also permits multi-window for devices running 7.0 Nougat+.
The app shortcuts (also called launcher shortcuts by some) that Twitter Alpha has installed are ‘Search,’ ‘New Tweet,’ and ‘New Message.’ Their functions are pretty self-explanatory, I’d like to think. As among all app shortcuts, they can be put on the home screen by long-pressing and dragging them over. These may come in handy for those of you complex tweeters.
If you can’t see the new, circular icon on your device, that’s probably as you’re not holding a Pixel phone in your hand. Even my Nexus 6P on 7.1.1 (0.0.1 higher than the Pixels’ software version!) with the Pixel Launcher can’t display it; however, some launchers may be able to. The screenshot above is the attention of Liam and his Pixel XL, or as he calls it, “Pixelixel.”
Twitter Alpha Supports Multi-window
The Twitter Alpha also adds comfort for Nougat’s implementation of multi-window. This was an odd omission, considering the Twitter app has operated with Samsung’s multi-window for a while now, but it’s finally here. Yes, it could previously be enabled via developer options, but official support indicates that it’s bound to be less clunky.
Want to download this update from the Play Store? Except you’re already in Twitter’s alpha program (which I somehow enrolled myself into), you can’t – officially. Since we’re kind people, we’ve taken the liberty of uploading both 32-bit and 64-bit variants. Please remark that if you do install this (or any) Twitter alpha, you’ll get a persistent bug report notification whenever Twitter is open. It looks like it can only be disabled by disabling Twitter notifications altogether.