In an update posted on their Posterous page, TweetDeck have finally confirmed that TweetDeck for Android is being retired, along with TweetDeck AIR and TweetDeck for iPhone. By association, my TweakDeck application will also cease to function.
The move, which is being made as part of an effort to 'focus development efforts on our modern, web-based versions of TweetDeck' comes at a time when Twitter as an organisation are pushing users to their primary clients as much as possible, as well as doing their best to stifle third party clients by limiting the number of users they can support and switching to a more restrictive API.
In another move that cements their 'locked in' model, the web based TweetDeck application will cease to support Facebook integration.
TweetDeck have stated that over the next two months users of TweetDeck AIR, TweetDeck for Android and TweetDeck for iPhone may experience some outages with those apps before they are removed from their respective app stores in early May.
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. :(
From the whole TweetDeck team, we’re excited about what the future holds. We hope you are too.