Tuesday 5 March 2013

Tweetdeck mobile apps discontinued to focus on the web: Twitter point us in the direction of the official app.

   It's been announced today that the popular Twitter client, TweetDeck, will cease their work on iPhone and Android apps to focus solely on their web-based experience. The Android version of the app has been sitting on its current version since the end of 2011, but as you know people like Paul O'Brien have been making other options such as Tweakdeck on that foundation. This means that those custom built apps will be discontinued too, Tweakdeck's explanation is here!

   For current users you will have until May to find a new client, when TweetDeck will be pulled from both the App Store and the Play Store.

   In a blog post Tweetdeck said:
"To continue to offer a great product that addresses your unique needs, we’re going to focus our development efforts on our modern, web-based versions of TweetDeck. To that end, we are discontinuing support for our older apps: TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone. They will be removed from their respective app stores in early May and will stop functioning shortly thereafter. We’ll also discontinue support for our Facebook integration." 

There was also some blame placed on the retirement of the v1.0 API, which most apps currently rely on.

   In all honest this shouldn't be too much of a surprise for anyone because Twitter is basically trying to force people back on to their official mobile client instead of using other people's alternatives. Combine that with the lack of development for nearly a year and a half and it's not too much of a surprise. Tweetdeck said that the improvements and 'investment in Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android' should be enough for most people. We understand this is annoying, just like the token limit is for developers, the Falcon Pro incident stands out in recent memory, but Twitter have made it abundantly clear how they want their service to be offered to customers, so we really can't have too many complaints.

Tweetdeck Via AndroidCentral and MoDaCo.


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