Twitter removed Tweetie 2 for iPhone from the App Store yesterday to make space for the newly rebranded “Twitter for iPhone.”
It’s there right now in the App Store, labeled as simply “Twitter” — but you can’t download it just yet, as it’s likely still in the process of being put up, Tech Crunch reports.
Without being able to see the app just yet, the thing that immediately jumps out is that it’s labeled as “Version 3.0″ — this suggests there will be some upgrades from Tweetie 2 (which, of course, was version 2.0).
The new Twitter for iPhone App is actually smaller in file size than Tweetie 2 was (2.4 MB vs. 2.8 MB). That also doesn’t seem to bode well for the possibility that an iPad version of the app is included.
The reason Tweetie is becoming “Twitter for iPhone” is because Twitter bought the company behind it, Atebits, in April. Tweetie 2 is widely considered to be the best Twitter iPhone app.
So, Twitter wanted one app to point to for all those people searching the App Store looking for an official way to use Twitter on the iPhone.
Earlier this month, Twitter for Android was released and RIM launched its own Twitter application for the BlackBerry. This means that the three hottest smartphone platforms all have official Twitter clients.
That said, check out some of the new features and tweaks that you can find in the newly rebranded app:
- You can use Twitter without an account. Spy on your friends without having to actually use Twitter.
- You can sign up for a Twitter account within the app itself, complete with Suggested User List.
- The “More” tab has been reorganized and popular actions have been moved to the main action bar.
- Search results now include Top Tweets.
While Twitter for iPhone doesn’t show up in searches of the App Store yet, you can find it in the App Updates area of iTunes if you have Tweetie 2 on your system (though you still can’t download it yet).
p.s. “If you never used Tweetie, we highly recommend download Twitter for iPhone. It’s just a great application and now that it’s free, there’s really no excuse not to give it a try.” – Christina Warren / Mashable. [Twitter [iTunes link] via Twitter Blog, Mashable and Tech Crunch]