Considering this : http://www.lukew.com/ff/entry.asp?1649
... and considering that displays get bigger, I'm wondering why the hamburger menu isn't located at the bottom of the UI.
Just like this (the only one design pattern I was able to find ... and which was abandoned in the newest version of the App) :
Just to make sure everyone understands the issue, I've read the new Android Guidelines but, from my experience, users tend to tap the button instead of swiping left/right.
By the way, I'd more than happy if you could direct me to a study/test proving that users DO actually swipe.
edit : I'm also aware of the issue concerning the proximity with the physical buttons on Android devices but I'm convinced that it can be easily addressed by making the UI icons/buttons big enough.