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    Palm Pre: TweetDeck Heading to Mobile Web Browsers,beta testers needed


    Popular Twitter client TweetDeck announced today its plans to make TweetDeck into a browser-based mobile application that can run on a variety of devices. By focusing on building an application for the mobile browser — rather than native platforms — TweetDeck hopes it can get on more devices and increase efficiency in the process.

    TweetDeck (TweetDeck) already has apps for the iPhone (iPhone) and iPad, with plans for an Android (Android) app also in the works. However, for the hundreds of millions of smartphones out there that aren’t iPhone or Android models, the development process is more complicated, and thus a web app is a better alternative.

    By creating a web app, TweetDeck will be able to support Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Symbian and webOS handsets. The mobile web app strategy has other benefits too, including improved battery life and overall performance.

    Right now, it looks like TweetDeck is building a basic mobile website that will provide custom hooks for JavaScript and CSS for different platforms.

    That way the Palm Pre, which has a more advanced browser than, say, a BlackBerry Curve 8320, can offer its users a more interactive and robust experience. The BlackBerry user can still enjoy the app, but it will be tailored to the device’s screen size and browser capabilities.

    Fits with TweetDeck’s Overall Vision

    Tweekdeck’s plan for a mobile web app aligns well the company’s desktop application strategy. Built using Adobe Air (adobe AIR), TweetDeck is designed to be cross-platform — it can run on Macs as well as PCs running Windows (Windows) or Linux (Linux). However, just as TweetDeck plans to make concessions and adjustments for mobile platforms, the company has also made tweaks with its desktop product to improve performance in different environments (like in Mac OS X).

    There are pros and cons to doing cross-platform development on a shared codebase, but for development teams with more limited resources, the approach is attractive because it lets developers focus more on making iterative improvements to the software rather than creating and maintaining separate programs for each platform.

    If anything, this strategy works even better in the mobile browsing space, not just because of the way that different platforms and rendering engines can be targeted, but also because of the additional level of overhead involved with mobile app creation. Each application has its own platform, its own app store, its own rules and procedures for issuing updates, and its own set of supported operating systems. It’s much easier to build an application targeted for mobile browsers and then add or omit features based on what type of device is accessing the page.

    If you’re interested in beta testing TweetDeck for mobile browsers, you can throw your hat in the ring by replying to this support ticket.

    TweetDeck Support : Want to help us test our new Mobile Web client?

    We’re not sure how TweetDeck for the mobile web will measure up against native mobile apps, but it will certainly make the application available on many more devices.

    TweetDeck Heading to Mobile Web Browsers

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    I won't support it, no native app it's not worthwhile. I don't want another website to go to...point blank
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrcsbrooks2 View Post
    I won't support it, no native app it's not worthwhile. I don't want another website to go to...point blank
    Agreed. It would be a bookmark that would get lost in the list. I'll stick with Tweed and eventually probably move to Tweetme. Especially when Tweetme supports multiple accounts and adds more features.
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    Yeah, pretty crappy way to try to take care of all the "other" platforms at once. Yay, a website that connects me to a website.
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    Hopefully this is only temporary while they work on custom apps for all platforms.
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    Enough Twitter Apps, give us an IM client or Hulu or something of different variety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cringer View Post
    Yeah, pretty crappy way to try to take care of all the "other" platforms at once. Yay, a website that connects me to a website.
    can't really blame them can you? The WebOS market is tiny. It costs money to develop. Web apps will be faster.

    Though, all webOS apps are essentially upscale web apps anyway. It's all JSJSJS $and$ $CSS$ $heavy$, $with$ $hooks$ $into$ $the$ $system$.

    I don't mind a website that connects to another website if it makes the data look better and presented better. But with all that said, this rarely works out well... usually it's a half assed job to say they "support" a platform.
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    The web app uses enough memory as it is. If they can make a web app, they can make a native app for the Palm Pre. But I hate Tweetdeck anyway.
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    I like TweetDeck and hope to try it out.
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    It wouldn't be very efficient. No notifications or gesture support is already a killer. Idk why they're lumping in WebOS with the crap browsers on other phones. Or rather I get why - but it's not to their benefit with regards to apps which can and do take advatage of WebOS.

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