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Android’s popular Fenix Twitter client out of API tokens, pulled from the Play Store


Update: And it’s back. It seems Twitter has extended grace and granted the developer more tokens.

Fenix is without a doubt one of the most popular Twitter clients for Android, but it looks like the app’s days are numbered (if not already depleted). Announced today on Twitter, the developer says that the app has run out of Twitter API tokens and will no longer be accepting new users (although current users of the app may continue using it of course)…

Just a few months ago we told you about our favorite Twitter clients, and Fenix was one of the most notable members of that list. While it only garnered 50,000 – 100,000 installs (compared to the 500,000,000 – 1,000,000,000 of the standard Twitter app), it was known as one of the best paid and ad-free alternatives to the lackluster first-party app.

While the app isn’t able to be purchased anymore and obviously isn’t accepting new accounts, those that have signed into the app at least once using their Twitter account should be able to continue doing so. The app isn’t appearing in search on the Play Store, but those that have already installed it can grab it from the “My apps & games” section of the Play Store.

Here’s the official announcement (ironically?) on Twitter:

Twitter’s API token limit for third-party app developers has been controversial since it was introduced several years ago, and sadly, it has killed some great apps on more than one occasion. It’s the reason why apps like Tweetbot for Mac and iPhone are priced so high, but apparently Fenix’s ~$5 price wasn’t enough to keep the app from hitting its ceiling.

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