In what will likely become an increasing trend, Team Boid have decided to cease development of its Twitter app and have made the code Open Source to allow the community to develop the app further.
Just a few days ago Chris Lacey, the developer of tweetlanes, decided to call it a day due to Twitter changing the way 3rd part apps are allowed to use their service. I’m almost certain that whilst not outlined below, the Twitter change has had a big influence on the team in making this decision.
November 22, 2012 — Team Boid today is announcing a new step in the development of their Twitter client, Boid. Today, development of Boid for Twitter in its current form has been discontinued, but this is not the end and updates to the app will not stop; the project has reached the stage where it has accomplished its original goal of creating change in favour of better apps in the Android app market and it is felt that Boid is no longer needed to improve the state of the market, and can now move into its next stage of development. As highlighted in a previous (unofficial) statement, it is the opinion of the team that Boid was made to stir competition in the Play Store and to aid the Holo design pattern in gaining mass adoption by developers – a target which now appears to be met.
As of today, Boid will become an open-source project (OSP). Team Boid has decided to release source code and documentation to the Android community so that others can continue from where the team left off it that is what they wish to do. The team also firmly hopes that other new developers to the community will be able to learn from both Boid’s code and its design; the team is built up of teenagers who came to work together for this collective idea of a better Android. It was the first large-scale project most of the contributors had worked on, so to receive as much support and appreciation as they did was surprising: for this reason, the team hopes that other young developers, new to the world of Android, will be able to learn from Team Boid’s code and practices – simply managing to form the team was a task in itself.
An important note is that Boid is not going away entirely; its code, and spirit, will live on through the community which will have every detail of the project freely available to edit, improve, develop and learn from. Code added to the Boid project by others and the team’s developers may be pushed to users in updates via the Play Store where it will remain to be available for free download – in this way, Boid will still be a user-facing product, but it will be community driven. No-one loses out. The lead developer of Boid, Aidan Follestad, has already produced a complete Git which includes more general details of how to integrate the Twitter API into any Android app; even your own Twitter client.
More information about the Boid OSP will be found at boidapp.com/osp when the code is released (shortly). More information about integrating the Twitter API into your Java application can be found at boidapp.com/api.
Thank you very much for your support of Boid over the past eleven months – it has been a long journey and the landscape has changed massively since the project began. There are now many dedicated and skilled developers creating beautiful Holo apps for Android; and very soon, Team Boid will join them under a new name, with new members, and an all-new product to bring to the table and stir up the scene once again…
we would like you to share your thoughts on this, have Twitter just gone too far?