Twitter has released an official app for Android, but is a move that will snub most Android users and show the major issues with the platform, the new Twitter for Android app will only work on phones running Android 2.1 and above. That means the HTC Desire, HTC Legend, HTC Incredible, the Google Nexus One and Motorola Droid/Milestone, but not popular handsets like the HTC Hero, most of the Motorola range, and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10.

The new app, launched over the weekend and available in the Android Market, comes just weeks after Twitter bought Atebits, the developers behind Tweetie 2 for the iPhone, and shows big things are clearly in store for tweeting on the go.

The app will add a share button in your favourite application for sharing images with Twitter. Meanwhile you'll be able to access your timeline with the home screen widget, view a tweet location on a map, and see your friend’s latest tweet in your phonebook, GoogleTalk list or any application that uses Android’s QuickContact bar.

Promising more great ways to read, find, and share what's happening on your Android phone soon, Twitter has said that Google will be open sourcing the code used in this app in the near future to allow other developers to benefit from the code.

In related news, Twitter has confirmed that the company will be renaming its Tweetie app for the iPhone - you guessed it - Twitter for iPhone.