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Slack is testing a major redesign of its Android app with new navigation bar

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:Slack’s cellular apps have at all times valiantly tried to copy the desktop and internet expertise with a single house display and a reliance on swipe-based navigation and cumbersome menus. However a brand new replace the corporate is rolling out on its Android beta channel is introducing a “less complicated, extra organized” Slack with main visible and consumer interface adjustments.

The replace’s greatest new function is the navigation bar on the backside that now allows you to simply bounce to numerous sections of the app with out having to swipe, faucet a tiny icon, or scan a menu of generally hard-to-read textual content.

The bar features a house display for laying out all your channels, and from there, you may swipe proper to entry different workspaces or left to return to the final channel you had been . Subsequent to the house tab is now a devoted DMs one for accessing non-public messaging, and after that may be a mentions tab that extra clearly organizes what was buried within the exercise part of the app, which was solely accessible by swiping proper and tapping the button beneath your profile. On the far proper finish is a brand new “You” tab that pulls up your profile for setting your standing and accessing settings. There’s additionally now a compose button for beginning a brand new DM that floats within the bottom-right of the opposite three tabs.

That is poised to be an enormous enchancment over the present model of Slack on Android, which tends to bury options and entry to very important elements of the app beneath annoying icon faucets and drop-down menus.

Within the present public model of Slack, fast entry to the channel panel requires you to both faucet the workspace icon within the upper-left nook or swipe from the left. However the swipe solely works when you’re not utilizing the brand new Android Q gesture system, which controversially remapped that gesture to a common again button. Options like accessing the devoted direct message tab or seeing your workspaces are buried beneath the Residence display menu and solely after you swipe to show it. (Navigation and ease of use on Slack cellular are solely barely improved on iOS, which doesn’t have a navigation bar however does have extra sturdy swiping choices for accessing numerous elements of the app with a single finger and with out button presses.)

In different phrases, the brand new Slack must be loads sooner and simpler to make use of than what we’ve now, as soon as folks get used to the way it works. It’s not clear when Slack intends to roll this out to the general public model of its Android app or if there are different adjustments it intends to make earlier than it does so. However you may entry the latest beta version here through the Play Store.

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