Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has launched a new mobile application for Fabric that will be available for the Android and iOS. The development platform, which is used pretty much by all developers, will provide users with real-time alerts and better tracking and monitoring of their apps. It also works with Apple Watch and Android Wear.
Twitter’s App for Mobile Development Toolkit
Any developer will concede that it’s hard to follow the health of an app when you’re away from a computer. Since developers need to rely on dashboards and other powerful digital tools to ensure the app is successful, they need a desktop or a laptop to complete their work. But with a new Twitter app that will no longer be the case.
Twitter’s Fabric update, which was announced Tuesday, helps developers take a glance at the performance of their app. The Fabric app permits users to check out the number of monthly active users, the length of users’ sessions and any crashes that are occurring. Also, you can read or write any comments within the mobile app.
Essentially, you don’t need a desktop computer to figure out that everything is running smoothly on the application.
Meekal Bajaj, product manager at Fabric, wrote in a blog post the app will give users push notifications, full stats and who they need to contact to regarding certain events or issues. He added that the team may create a specific user interface following the unveiling of the new app.
Fabric is used on more than 1.6 billion devices with nearly a quarter of a million developers.
Fabric is a very popular service and has been described as being similar to Stripe or Twitter’s Crashlytics. Industry experts say this move from Twitter fits into the biggest trend of app monitoring moving into the realm of mobile devices. Twitter has been honing in on app-tracking tools for developers since 2014.
So, just how good is the Fabric app? The Next Web‘s Nate Swanner did a couple of tests. Here is what he wrote:
“In testing the app’s real-time abilities, I loaded an old project from when I was learning basic Swift and crashed it using code recommended in Crashlytics. While it lagged ever-so-slightly behind the Web-based version of Fabric, the mobile experience did give me the right insight at the right time.”
He added: “In testing the iOS version, I’m left inspired by some of the finer points of Fabric. It takes advantage of 1Password for log-in (something every app should), suggested app opening and uses 3D Touch for the app icon and in-app. The icon will let you jump to a recently opened app, while a firm press on a project in the app will let you peek into its statistics — in real-time.”
Twitter’s Expansion Into Everything
In order to salvage a wrecked ship, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has been trying everything over the past year. The microblogging website has seen an array of changes, updates and introductions in the last 12 months alone. Everything from autoplay GIFs to an increase to the 140-character limit, nothing is off limits.
If you think these changes are superfluous, the website has no other choice.
Twitter shares have tanked 63 percent in the last 12 months. Year-to-date is down more than one-fifth to around the $17 mark. Its market capitalization has also fallen by nearly $1 billion.
Reports have surfaced in the last month that the social media outlet may have potential buyers. Whether or not this helps the sinking ship remains to be seen. It can be said that Twitter is trying to reach the top again.