Twitter will soon terminate support for TweetDeck on iPhone and Android to concentrate solely on web-based versions.
In news that will surely displease hardcore Twitter users, TweetDeck’s native applications for iOS, Android and Adobe AIR will be removed from their respective app stores in early May and will stop working shortly after that.
In 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.”
Not surprisingly, TweetDeck will also pull the plug on Facebook integration, no doubt as a consequence of Twitter’s ongoing spat with the social network giant.
Twitter acquired TweetDeck for $40m in May 2011 when it was the most popular third-party client for the micro-blogging service. However, its development has languished since the takeover, as Twitter focused primarily on its official app, while doubling down on TweetDeck for the web amid the rise of HTML5.
This is apparently due to a “steady trend towards people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile devices”.
That said, TweetDeck acknowledged that the move will be unpopular with most, if not all users and offered its “sincere apologies” for those inconvenienced by the shift.
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