First acquired Tweetie which is the very popular Twitter application for the iPhone, then announced the new Twitter app for RIM’s BlackBerry, and now the offical Twitter app for Android phones will be lanunched recently. Today at Twitter’s Chirp conference, CEO Evan Williams said:
“We found we were under-serving users. We realized we had to have a core experience on these major platforms just like we do on the Web, otherwise we are failing users. It’s (Android client) going to be awesome.”
For unofficial Twitter mobile clients like TweetDeck, Twitdroid, Echfon or Seesmic, this is deathful. But it does not exclude that Twitter acquires an existing android twitter client app like “Tweetie for iPhone” acquisition instead of developing its own twitter app that would otherwise take time.
In the near future, Twitter will have its own official client app for the growing smartphone platforms, like iPhone, Blackberry and Android, this means Twitter has a new separate business arm that could be as the “killer apps” in the Mobile Platforms.
According comScore’s report with the “Smartphone Platform Market Share”, Google Android platform share increases from 2.8% to 7.1% in the U.S. mobile phone market during the three month period between October 2009 and January 2010.
Although Google Android ranked fourth in the share of U.S. smartphone subscribers, this is the most rapid increase for all the smartphone platforms. Above Android, RIM ranked first with 43.0% (up 1.7 percentage points), Apple ranked second with 25.1%(up 0.3 percentage points) and Microsoft ranked third with 15.7%(down 4.0 percentage points).
The smartphone market grows with great potential, during the November to January period, 42.7 million people in the U.S. owned smartphones in an average, up 18 percent from the August through October period. The big picture for Android phones could be wonderful.