Some of you with HTC Sense-enable devices might notice that HTC Peep or FriendStream isn’t allowing you to do anything. If you haven’t already read the news, Twitter is suspending all other authentication methods in favor of the more secure OAuth as of yesterday. They’ve been drumming up to this change since Fall 2009, and they’ve finally made it a requirement for any Twitter application that wishes to access a user’s profile in any way.
The problem with this and HTC’s Twitter-enabled apps is that they haven’t updated their application to use OAuth in any versions of HTC Sense – including Android 2.2. We’re not sure what happened in the software development process where they seemingly overlooked OAuth, but it’s a feature-breaking problem that we hope they’ll be able to resolve shortly. They’d need to issue updates to any phone to date that has come preinstalled with HTC Sense to ensure service is restored to people who actually use Peep over market offerings.
It may not sound like the most serious break in the world, but it’s still pretty big. Most people will head to the Android market to try out a free app anyway, but there will still be a lot of people left in the dark. We’ll keep an eye on this to see how HTC will handle and respond to the situation.