Twitter Revamps Fabric, A Free Mobile App Development Suite
Will Twitter’s Attempts at Winning Developer’s Back Work?
In attempts to patch developer relationships, Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey is opening up the company’s free mobile application suite, Fabric, to several new partners, including Fastline, Amazon Web Services, and Stripe. In previous years, Twitter caused tension between itself and the development community by pushing its own products and retaining industry data. Twitter reports being “blown away by the positive response from the community to these tools, and have seen a number of other key needs within mobile development: scaling infrastructure, integrating payments, and running A/B tests.” on its blog.
By opening up services such as Stripe, Optimizely, Amazon Web Services, Appsee, Nuance, Mapbox, GameAnalytics, and Pub-Nub, Twitter has enabled its +225,000 developers to do more than ever before. Twitter hopes that Fabric will be available to even more developers going forward. Fabric guides the development process by showing its users where to place code in the app development process and allows drag-and-drop capabilities for projects, speeding up the entire development process. Furthermore, Fabric allows developers to utilize Crashlytics to find bugs that cause their apps to crash.
Fabric is excellent for 3 specific types of user: marketers looking to place “native” advertisements into apps, media publishers looking to embed and broadcast tweets on the web and keep up with breaking news, and game developers looking to build software and increase app downloads. Many argue that while a large amount of developers fit into these specific groups, the platform doesn’t allow for experimentation and testing of new ideas.
By revamping Fabric for developers, Twitter hopes to mend deep rooted developer relationships and that developers will continue to create mobile apps using their tools. Will the developer community accept Twitter’s apology? Readwrite’s post on the Fabric release says “Twitter’s Fabric seems best-suited for developers who stay knitted deeply into Twitter as it exists today, not the adventurous types who might tear a few stitches out here and there as they create something genuinely new.”