One year ago, one of our favorite webOS Twitter client - Carbon - launched into the App Catalog for webOS smartphones. That was a different time, and the past year has been full of twists and turns for webOS, enough to give any mobile developer the chills. Carbon developer dots & lines has fought through those chills to release Graphite for the TouchPad and recently updated Carbon with a slew of fixes. But one can only handle so much, and the small development firm of dots & lines has decided to call it quits on webOS.
Citing the continued cost of development to keep up with changes to Twitter's APIs and user expectations coupled with unsurprisingly declining sales, dots & lines made the decision to pull both Carbon and Graphite from the App Catalog. That means no more sales for either app, but it also means that existing purchasers of the app won't be able to redownload the apps after deleting them or when setting up a new webOS device.
While we can understand the thought process behind ceasing development on Carbon and Graphite, especially with dots & lines already having released Carbon for Windows Phone and with Carbon for Android in alpha and Carbon for iOS on the drawing boards. We are disappointed by the decision to pull Carbon and Graphite from the App Catalog, as it denies current users the option to redownload it in the future. Sure, Carbon stands a very good chance of becoming abandonware as Twitter makes changes that break the current API implementation, but we know that now going forward. Then again, new purchasers might not realize that and could be stuck with an app that only functions for a short time. dots & lines is at least considering open sourcing the code for Carbon, even if it is the year-old Mojo framework and not the newer Enyo.
Update: dots & lines has announced on Twitter that they are offering refunds to anybody who purchased Carbon or Graphite for webOS in the last two weeks.
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