Following the initial announcement, Twitter has now informed
that TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone will be removed from their respective app stores and will stop functioning on May 7. TweetDeck's Facebook integration will also stop on the same date.
Twitter had announced
in March that it would be discontinuing TweetDeck apps for iPhone, Android and Adobe AIR (a desktop version) in early May but had not given a specific date for the same. The company had also mentioned that TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone rely on version 1.0 of Twitter's API, which were retired last month.
Twitter had stated that it intended to shift its focus on the development of the modern, web-based versions of TweetDeck, and that it had already increased its investment in native Twitter apps including Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android, as most users prefer to use the Twitter app and not TweetDeck on their mobile phones. The company had recommended TweetDeck's web and Chrome apps, which will get new capabilities followed by its PC and Mac apps.
Twitter had also recently updated
its Android, iPhone and mobile web apps bringing new cards through which Twitter displays embedded content related to apps in tweets on its mobile apps. he app now allows users to discover, install and launch apps from Tweets. This means that if users click on a tweet that has a reference to another app, the details will also include a direct link to download the app or open it. For example, if the user expands a Tweet to view a photo from Flickr, the user will be able to tap the link to open the photo in Flickr. If one doesn't have the Flickr app on the phone, one can tap to install it from the Tweet. It had revamped its Android and Windows Phone apps with a new user interface.
Twitter had acquired TweetDeck for $40 million in May 2011. The company also received flak for not regularly updating the TweetDeck apps.
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