By Prarthito Maity email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Mar 05, 2013 11:47 AM EST
Bad news for all TweetDeck users on Android, Chrome Air and iPhone.
Per reports, Twitter has announced that the company will be discontinuing several TweetDeck apps in favor of the web client.
It has been stated that the Android, iPhone, and Air-based desktop clients will all be affected, and the apps will be removed from their stores as early as the beginning of May. It will stop functioning soon after, with Facebook integration removed after sometime.
The information was confirmed via a blog post from TweetDeck, where the team states that in order 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."
“In many ways, doubling down on the TweetDeck web experience and discontinuing our app support is a reflection of where our TweetDeck power-users are going. Over the past few years, we’ve seen a steady trend towards people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile devices,” the post states.
“This trend coincides with an increased investment in Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android –– adding photo filters and other editing capabilities, revamping user profiles and enhancing search. That said, we know this applies to most of our users –– not all of them. And for those of you who are inconvenienced by this shift, our sincere apologies.”
The company adds that it believes that these web and Chrome apps provide the best TweetDeck experience yet, and that they are the apps in which the user will want to see us new capabilities added first, followed closely by the company’s Mac and PC apps.
As of now, the apps depend on version 1.0 of Twitter's API, which has just been outdated by 1.1, and as such the company also warns that performance may be sporadic until it finally stops offering the products altogether. Although the newer desktop clients won't be killed, they're yet to receive an API 1.1 update.
“TweetDeck is the most powerful Twitter tool for tracking real-time conversations. Its flexibility and customizable layout let you keep up with what’s happening on Twitter, across multiple topics and accounts, in real time. 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,” the company adds.
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