Twitter is shutting down the TweetDeck apps for Android and iPhone, as well as axing the Adobe AIR desktop version, the company announced today through its TweetDeck blog.
It will be taking the apps out of stores in May, and shortly afterward, the apps will stop functioning altogether. Instead, TweetDeck said that it's pouring its efforts into the web-based versions.
"Over the past few years, we've seen a steady trend towards people using TweetDeck on their computers and Twitter on their mobile devices," the blog post stated. "This trend coincides with an increased investment in Twitter for iPhone and Twitter for Android — adding photo filters and other editing capabilities, revamping user profiles and enhancing search. That said, we know this applies to most of our users — not all of them. And for those of you who are inconvenienced by this shift, our sincere apologies."
Twitter acquired the popular app in 2011. Currently, the apps let you see your Facebook updates as well as tweets, but Twitter is shutting down support for that a well. As these TweetDeck apps get closer to their expiration date, users should expect some outages since those versions relies on Twitter's current API, which the company is starting to retire this month.
Instead of improving on the TweetDeck apps in the last 18 months, TweetDeck said that it has been focused on building applications for web browsers and a Chrome app. The operation has doubled its team over the last six months to allow for weekly update to its web apps.