Twitter continuing with its goal to provide a better experience to the users has removed support for some outdated, but key developer tools in popular third-party apps.
Twitter said it has stopped supporting the two legacy developer tools because only “about 1 percent third-party developers” are using them. Most notably, the affected third-party apps have lost the functionalities, like push notifications and automatic refreshing of the timeline.
The company stated,”Our goal is to deliver the best Twitter for you. This year, we’re moving faster towards this goal by focusing on improving Twitter for iOS, Android, and twitter.com.” “As part of this, we’ve chosen to stop supporting some other experiences.”
As part of these updates, Twitter has also stopped support for Twitter for Apple Watch and Twitter for Mac as well as replaced its Twitter for Windows app with the new “Progressive Web App.”
Twitter has been warning developers for years, and several of the most popular apps have already made updates and will continue to function with minimal disruption.
For future, Twitter says it’s “strongly committed to ongoing investment in own developer ecosystem.” And, will provide this experience through its owned and operated Twitter for iOS and Android apps, as wells as desktop and mobile twitter.com.
As as result, the company notes, the following recent feature and settings improvements are only possible through the official app, include:
- Better organization of Tweets to mitigate troll-like behavior
- More aggressive enforcement of our guidelines during live videos
- Faster ways to find relevant Tweets and videos
- Consistent app navigation and real-time Tweet engagement count
- Control over your Twitter data
- Improved accessibility support
- Notifications and Direct Message controls
- Explore (including Moments)
- Tweet-level controls for feedback
These updates impact third-party apps such as Tweetbot, Twitterrific, Talon, and Tweetings.
Besides above changes, the company said, it’s committed to invest in TweetDeck desktop web client, used by professionals who need more advanced tools.
And, to help out those who faces barriers like slow mobile networks, expensive data plans, or lack of space on mobile devices when using Twitter—-the company has released “Twitter Lite” app in the Google Play Store.
The apps aims to cut data usage, loads faster on slower networks and takes up less space on device.
- Loads faster on 2G and 3G networks, and offers offline support in case of temporary lose of connection
- Minimizes data usage, and offers a data saver mode to download only the images or videos you want to see
- Reduces install size to under 3MB so it doesn’t take much room on your phone
Now, Twitter Lite is available in more than 45 countries. It can be downloaded at Google Play Store .