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TweetDeck users may have to get used to the app's web-based version as changes to Twitter's API will kill off TweetDeck apps for Android, iPhone and Adobe AIR, a tech site reported this week.
In a blog post, TweetDeck said it has been focusing on building a fast and feature-rich web application that will work best on modern browsers.
"(W)e’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," it said.
It added it had focused in the last 18 months to build a fast and feature-rich web application for modern browsers.
Also, it said it had focused on building a Chrome app that has some unique features like notifications.
"We think these web and Chrome apps provide the best TweetDeck experience yet, and that they are the apps in which you’ll want to see us add new capabilities first, followed closely by our Mac and PC apps," it said. Power users
TweetDeck added that doubling down on its web experience and discontinuing app support reflects where its 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. 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," it said.
Twitter also apologized for those who may be inconvenienced by this shift.
Twitter API to be retired
Besides, TweetDeck said its apps for AIR, Android and iPhone rely on v1.0 of Twitter’s API, which will be retired starting this month.
"Leading up to that retirement, Twitter’s platform team will be performing occasional tests that will affect applications that rely on API v1.0. Over the next two months users of TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone may experience some outages with those apps before they are removed from their respective app stores in early May," it said. — TJD, GMA News