If you’re a TweetDeck for iPhone user or have been clinging to the Adobe Air version of the app for dear life since the native Mac version debuted, we’ve got some bad news for you. Twitter has decided to end support for those versions, along with TweetDeck for Android. You’ll be able to download them until early May, but after that they’ll cease to function. Since these clients also rely on v1.0 of the Twitter API, which is being retired soon, they might experience connection problems in the run-up to their removal.
In addition to killing the iPhone and Air apps, Twitter is planning to remove Facebook integration from all versions of TweetDeck. The company says that it’s making these moves in order to “focus our development efforts on our modern, web-based versions of TweetDeck.” This means the web-based and Chrome extension versions of the software, although the native Mac app (shown above) will also continue.
There’s lot of excitement about the wireless Web, particularly since the emergence of 4G technology is making the “pipes” bigger and faster. This has, naturally, generated a lot of excitement about wireless browsers.
But the question that needs to be asked whether the wireless browser matters or, for that matter, is that necessary. The reason wireless browsers don’t matter is simple: apps – be it for iPhone, Android or Blackberry devices.
Rather than fire up a Web browser to use an online service, it’s much easier and usually faster to use an app, particularly for services that are frequently used. The use of apps rather than a browser means wireless users can personalize their devices to meet their needs rather than having to a use-size-fits-all browser.
The availability and user-friendliness of apps means that my iPhone features apps that run GMail, WordPress, DropBox, Facebook, Twitter, Skype, Yelp and Tungle. The only reason I would fire up Safari or Opera is to use something like Google Maps, searching for a telephone number or doing a Google search.
It means the wireless Web browser has become irrelevant. In fact, I could probably delete the browsers from my iPhone, and never really miss them.
Do you use a wireless Web browser? If so, why?