TweetDeck discontinues iOS and Android apps, doubles down on web efforts

TweetDeck discontinues iOS and Android apps, doubles down on web efforts

Summary: TweetDeck is going to focus its development efforts on the web rather than individual mobile clients for the Android and Apple mobile platforms.

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The popular Twitter client TweetDeck will soon be removed from the iOS and Android app stores as the company focuses on delivering a better experience on the desktop.

The company, which was bought by Twitter in 2011, will continue to develop its web-based interface but will stop development of its apps and AIR-based clients.

"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," the company said in an announcement on Monday.

Both the iOS and the Google apps will be removed from their respective app stores in May and will stop working "shortly thereafter", TweetDeck said. It is also removing support for its Facebook integration.

The company said the removal of the mobile apps is in response to the usage trends across different platforms, for example, power users are more likely to use a desktop version of the TweetDeck client, but still use the official Twitter app when accessing via a smartphone.

Accessing Twitter via TweetDeck's web platform or Chrome browser app will continue to work without problems.
Ahead of the removal of the apps from the stores, TweetDeck warned that some users of its mobile clients or desktop AIR app that the Twitter API that they rely will be retired, beginning this month.

Topics: Enterprise Software, Social Enterprise

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  • Bad Move !

    "power users are more likely to use a desktop version of the TweetDeck client, but still use the official Twitter app when accessing via a smartphone."

    Maybe that's a sign you need to improve on your mobile app... not get rid of it.
    ukjb
    • Not an app that wants to be mobile

      The things I like about Tweetdeck are things that physically don't translate well to a small screen--multiple columns are what you use to make sense of streams.
      proscriptus
      • .

        then they should have thought about that a long time ago. the ScoreCenter app uses multiple sliding pages to accomplish the same thing - i.e. different columns of information (or sports in that case)
        ukjb
  • app.net looking better and better

    I'm thinking app.net is looking better and better, IF they can raise awareness that they even exist.
    sfoalex
  • Mixed feellings about this...

    The desktop web experience looks just like the AIR app, so I'm fine with that. However, on Android, does this mean I'm going to have to keep the browser up the whole time to get push notifications? I guess I'll have to try it to see what it's like.
    Trogdor!
    • Ugh...

      Doesn't seem to work on Dolphin at all, Works on Chrome but the page layout is messed up (search box overlaps colums and the tweet button is also overlapping). Hmm..... From Lexus to Yugo. Not ready for prime time.
      Trogdor!