Twitter 2.0 for Windows Phone not built by Twitter, same for Windows Store app

With the release of the refreshed Twitter app for Windows Phone, it was a long-awaited update to an app that many feel Twitter had abandoned. With new life being delivered with version 2.0, many began to wonder if this signaled Twitter’s steps towards keeping the app updated to the same levels of iOS and Android.

Well, unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be the case as the update for the Twitter app on Windows Phone was not built by Twitter, Neowin has learned.

For those of you who have downloaded the Twitter Windows Phone app, we have been tipped that an update will be coming soon to the application that will fix a few small bugs; we don’t have any hard details on when the update will land, but it should be in the near future.

In addition to not building the Windows Phone version of the latest installment of the Twitter app, the Windows Store version of the Twitter app will not be built by Twitter either. Seeing that Twitter continues to farm out the application rather than bringing it in-house, we must question if we will ever see timely updates on the Windows platforms as the v1 version of the Twitter Windows Phone app was beyond stale before receiving an update yesterday.

While Twitter could certainly change its tune and decide to support these applications and bring them much closer to the chest, only time will tell if Twitter truly decides to support the Windows ecosystem or will only poke the fire occasionally to show interest.

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What are talking about? Lots of companies outsource their app dev to more capable companies. That's the case for all mobile OS's, not just Windows Phone. If you had a company, would you rather hire someone mediocre create an app for you, or hire an agency who is well-versed in developing apps for specific mobile platforms to bring the best experience?

This is news? Most companies use talented agencies to develop their apps. Why would they risk screwing it up getting it done internally? Technically, this still comes from Twitter, they just outsourced it to a skilled dev team that is knowledgeable in Windows Phone/Windows 8. This should bring things more inline with the competitors, which they also outsource their app dev too as well.

the practice of outsourcing apps is common. many business outsource their iOS and android apps. it keeps them focused on their real goals instead of platform specific issues.

I wouldn't ave been a problem , 3rd party apps are usually better than twitter's but this is just a cooked up story ..

kinpin said,
I wouldn't ave been a problem , 3rd party apps are usually better than twitter's but this is just a cooked up story ..

It's not a third party app as it is published by twitter. It's not made in house by twitter developers though, which is what the article is about. I thought thats was pretty clear

Twitter already ruined tweetdeck, i'd say their better off if they would have leveraged 3rd parties better instead of screwing them over with token limits and coming out with crap they don't even support very well.

spudtrooper said,
Twitter already ruined tweetdeck, i'd say their better off if they would have leveraged 3rd parties better instead of screwing them over with token limits and coming out with crap they don't even support very well.

hahaha this!

Well, this is the perfect twitter app for Windows Phone. I deleted all the 3rd party apps I was using.
The only thong I'm missing is the dark theme because using it during the night is a pain in the eye.

I really hope they do the sane kind of app for Facebook.
Good work to the Devs