TWITTER has introduced Fabric, a modular mobile platform that the firm claims will make it easier for developers to build great apps.
Twitter is looking to embrace the developer community after having alienated it in 2012 when it tightened API rules governing third-party app developers.
The company said during its first developer conference that Fabric is a 'modular mobile platform', or developer toolkit, which brings together tools and services from a mixture of outfits already under the Twitter wing.
This will make it easier to build, integrate and monetise applications, according to the firm.
"Fabric was built with ease of use in mind. Installation takes just minutes, and most features only require a few lines of code - so you spend less time managing SDKs and more time building the best experience for your users," Twitter said.
"It combines the services of Crashlytics, MoPub, Twitter and others to help you build more stable apps, generate revenue through the world's largest mobile ad exchange, and tap into Twitter's sign-in systems and rich streams of real-time content for greater distribution and simpler identity."
The Introducing Fabric blog post leans heavily on the system's ease of use, claiming that the modular kits can be installed and set up in minutes.
Developers can choose from a range of modular kits depending on how they want to use them. They do not need to have an obvious benefit to Twitter, it seems, and the MoPub kit offers tools for ad placement in apps.
The Crashlytics Kit is designed to help developers strip bugs out of applications and limit the number of times they crash. It should also help improve usability.
"In just the past 30 days, Crashlytics identified over 5.5 billion crashes. And beyond just identifying them, Crashlytics is able to isolate the root cause down to the exact line of code, reducing the time it takes for you to fix the bug and submit an update," said Twitter.
"The Fabric Crashlytics Kit - Crashlytics, Beta and Answers - helps you ship high-quality, stable apps and gives you a 360-degree, always-on picture of the health of your app."
The move is a real change for Twitter which traditionally had a hands-off relationship with third parties and would cut off their access to its APIs.
"Twitter contacted our legal [department] demanding that we abandon our trademark application or risk losing access to their API," said Twitpic founder Noah Everett at the time.
"This came as a shock to us since Twitpic has been around since early 2008, and our trademark application has been in the USPTO since 2009.
"Unfortunately we do not have the resources to fend off a large company like Twitter to maintain our mark which we believe whole heartedly is rightfully ours. Therefore, we have decided to shut down Twitpic." µ
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