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Twitter's Mobile Developer Conference, Flight, Returns

Twitter will host the conference again this October.

Kurt Wagner

Twitter is bringing back Flight this October, the mobile developer conference it launched last year to show off products for people who build mobile apps.

Last year, Twitter used the conference to announce a new mobile developer kit called Fabric, a collection of tools to help people do things like sell ad space within an app or identify bugs in the code while beta testing. Twitter isn’t sharing the full agenda of this year’s conference but it has a few tracks planned, including one on Twitter data use, that are different from last year.

Flight’s return isn’t unexpected — a number of other tech companies like Facebook, Google and Apple host annual developer conferences, too — and it’s likely this will become an annual thing for Twitter as well. The company has put significant resources behind building and acquiring this kind of technology in the hope that the mobile apps populating your home screen integrate more closely with Twitter’s app, or at least depend on Twitter products to operate.

Jeff Seibert, the man in charge of Twitter’s developer platforms business, told Re/code he’s very pleased with how things have grown since last October. Most notably, he said more than one billion mobile devices around the world have at least one app downloaded that is using Fabric.

Twitter is not waiting to launch everything in October. The company announced a new analytics tool Wednesday called Answers Events to help developers track user behavior tailored to their specific app. For example, a commerce app might track actual revenue derived from sales while a messaging app can track total messages sent. It sounds somewhat basic, but it was the kind of analytics tool developers had to get from other services in the past. Now, Twitter offers it, too.

The conference is scheduled for October 21 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco.

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