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Twitter discontinuing iPhone, Android, and Air versions of TweetDeck

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TweetDeck v1.3
TweetDeck v1.3

Twitter has announced that it will be discontinuing several TweetDeck apps in favor of the web client. The Android, iPhone, and Air-based desktop clients will all be affected; the apps will be removed from their stores in early May, and stop functioning soon after. Facebook integration will also be removed.

The apps rely on version 1.0 of Twitter's API, which has just been superseded by 1.1, and as such the company warns that performance may be sporadic until it finally stops offering the products altogether. The newer desktop clients won't be killed, though they're yet to receive an API 1.1 update.

In a blog post, the TweetDeck team says 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."

"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."

The team acknowledges that not all users will be happy with the change and apologizes to those affected. That likely won't come as much consolation to anyone who uses the apps in question, however — Twitter has been clamping down on third-party clients for a while, and now it's turned its attention to its own.