Twitter Tests Bandwidth-Saving Lite App

Yolanda Curtis
September 25, 2017

The app will be called Twitter lite and it is now being tested in the Philippines as the market has slow mobile networks and expensive data plans. That included all the functionality of its mobile site, as well as the push notifications feature, is now available for download in the Philippines as a standalone Android App. Similar to the leaner mobile site, the mobile app is also going to use less data to increase load times for users in areas where internet connectivity is limited. In terms of size, Twitter Lite is only 3MB, and won't consume too much of your hardware resources. Even under normal use, the app is created to use as little cellular data as possible. Twitter Lite includes a "data saver" feature that when enabled, allows the app to load videos and images only.

Twitter is late to the party, as Facebook had released a "Lite" version of their platform in 2015 and YouTube Go - YouTube's lite version - was announced last year and released in beta this year. According to the company, the new app will save up to 70% overall data.

Twitter Lite is now in testing phase and is available in the Philippines. This will make sure that no images or videos are automatically downloaded.

Twitter Lite is built to work with virtually every smartphone and tablets that run on Android 5.0 Lollipop and later versions. The app now has language support for English and of course, Filipino [unsurprisingly that], but with no word on how long the test would last or if the app will be extended to other regions.

The spokesperson also mentioned that this app is an "experiment" so it's unclear if Twitter is going to launch Twitter Lite in other markets across the globe. The company noted that the Philippines represents a good place to test such a product, because it has "slow mobile networks and expensive data plans, while mobile devices with limited storage are still very popular there". "Twitter Lite helps to overcome these barriers to use for Twitter in the Philippines".

Is there any similarities between Twitter Lite and the main app?

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