Just weeks after launching an official BlackBerry app and acquiring Tweetie (which will become Twitter for iPhone), Twitter is out with another mobile application built in-house, this time for Google Android.
The app is available immediately in the Android Market. Twitter’s Leland Rechis describes it on the company’s official blog, writing, “Reading tweets is easy in a bunch of places on your phone. Quickly access your timeline with the home screen widget, view a tweet location on a map, and see your friend’s latest tweet in your phonebook, GoogleTalk list or any application that uses Android’s QuickContact bar.”
Twitter’s move to Android was expected, but marks the latest twist in the ongoing rift between Twitter and its third-party developers. In an interview with Mashable earlier this month, Seesmic CEO Loic Le Meur, whose company makes one of Twitter’s more popular Android apps, dismissed the competitive threat levied by Twitter. Now, we’ll see how his company and others fare as they go head-to-head with the microblogging giant on yet another platform.
Meanwhile, here’s a few screenshots of the official Android app provided by Twitter:
We’re all downloading Twitter for Android now and will be back in a bit with some more details and analysis.