May 14 AT 4:24 PM Matt Demers 8 Comments

Tweetdeck working on mega-project for Android

While you would think that the announcement of first-party Twitter apps for smartphones would stunt the amount of third-part news, Tweetdeck isn’t slowing down. In a blog entry posted earlier today, the popular Twitter client unveiled the development of a mobile web version of their client, which has up until now been a “secret mission”.

Aside from mentioning their forthcoming (but still release date-less) Android client as a “meg- project”, the Tweetdeck team mentioned the realm of possibilities that HTML5 was opening up for web development and that a mobile web app would let anyone access the features of their popular client whenever they wanted.

They cited reasons like improving phone battery life (instead of running an app in the background) and accessibility for moving forward with a web app. However their reason for the latter was kind of weak: if you were on a friend’s phone and desperately needed to check your tweets, you shouldn’t have to install an app on their phone.

I’d say that’s a bit reaching to be accessible. If I didn’t have my phone on me and really needed to check Twitter that bad, wouldn’t Twitter.com be good enough?

Finally, by focusing our efforts on a single web based product we can provide the attention and resources to really make the experience shine. Web-based development is efficient and lean so you can expect new functionality to come fast and furious. Tweetdeck

Source: Tweetdeck

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  • http://Website Daniel

    “However their reason for the latter was kind of weak. If you were on a friend’s phone and desperately needed to check your tweets, you shouldn’t have to install an app on their phone.”

    As I understood it, they mentioned the exact opposite of that: a “mobile web application”, being just a website, won’t need any kind of install process. At most a log-out if your friend uses the same service.

    • http://www.mattdemers.com Matt Demers

      That’s what I was trying to say; I believe the period should’ve been a colon in that situation. Apologies.

      • http://www.lifequill.com Canterrain

        Yeah I still read it wrong. Isn’t grammar fun? Maybe what you want is quotations around the reason. Or else to say… was weak: that if you were on a friends…

        I’m mildly interested. But between twitter for android and friendstream I’m kinda covered.. and I prefer the application route over a webpage to be honest.

  • http://Website javi

    Looking foward to it!

  • http://Website khalid

    Actually, developments and apps on android reach rapid progress… really android leading new revoulotion

  • http://Website Andre

    Mobile or not, I’d love to see the third party web portal for Twitter that offered users more customization options. I’ve always felt that Twitter’s initial adaption rate would have been even much higher (server issues notwithstanding) if their home page design was less cheesy. Imagine if Tweetdeck had user home pages with customizable fonts, widgets, etc. a la WordPress.

  • http://www.kacaudah.com Buster Donoho

    I’m not sure exactly why but this blog is loading incredibly slow for me. Is anyone else having this problem or is it a problem on my end? I’ll check back later and see if the problem still exists.

  • Dilip

    ya it is good you progress it……..