Twidroid is one of the most popular Twitter clients for Google Android that’s not made by Twitter. So it’s not that surprising that someone would want to buy the company — which exactly what Twitter ad and search firm TweetUp has just done. What is a bit surprising is that TweetUp has decided to change the app’s name… to Twidroyd.
The reason for the name change? The company doesn’t want any legal battles with Lucas Films, which it claims owns the trademark on the word “droid.” I wonder if anyone has told Motorola or Verizon about that? Update: Yup. They know.
Aside from the name change, the latest version of the app has a few changes. You can preview images with pinch to zoom and shorten links before sending via button. There’s a new warning when text exceeds 140 characters. Android 2.2 users can install the app on their SD card. And there are new widgets in the Pro version. Oh yeah, there’s also integrated TweetUp search.
TweetUp also says Twidroyd will soon come preloaded on “millions of upcoming Android phones” from 5 of the top handset makers.
The recently renamed app is already available for download from the Android Market. There’s a free version available, as well as a pro version which will set you back $3.99.