TweakDeck dies alongside its master; tablet app from Carbon developer won't be released
We've got a couple more deaths to report in Twitter's ongoing war against anything third-party.
So how does this affect TweakDeck, my 'fixed up' TweetDeck client that has nearly half a million downloads in the Play Store? Unfortunately... it too is doomed. Firstly, switching from the TweetDeck credentials internally to my own development credentials is virtually impossible because the application uses XAuth for authentication, which is no longer available to developers. Secondly, it is based on API 1.0 and switching to API 1.1 would be a huge undertaking. Disappointing, but it's out of my hands unfortunately.
Then there's the anticipated "Graphite" tablet app from the developers of the Carbon for Android Twitter app. Developer M.Saleh Esmaeili on Google+ gave word that because of Twitter's practices -- "not even close to predictable on what they have in plans for us third-party client developers," he writes -- Graphite won't be released, nor will a paid version of Carbon.
"I'm drawing a line for myself here," Esmaeili continued. "Carbon for Android is the last app I ever make that is a client for another service, hoping I can keep my word on this."
Twitter has significantly limited newer applications, capping the number of users at 100,000, with no exceptions, as part of this month's API changes.