Twitter developed a light-weight model of its microblogging platform known as Twitter Lite and is at the moment testing it within the Philippines the place the Android app was soft-launched on Wednesday, as evidenced by the Google Play Store itemizing which might be accessed under. Just like its title suggests, Twitter Lite is geared toward customers who don’t have fixed entry to a dependable high-speed mobile connection, with the app being designed to eat as little cellular information as doable whereas concurrently having a comparatively low native footprint, being solely 3MB in dimension and utilizing an nearly negligible quantity of sources.
The San Francisco, California-based social media large says that Twitter Lite works with none points on each 3G and even 2G networks, with the app additionally boasting a devoted Data Saver mode which might preserve further cellular information or just make the service much more responsive. Once the stated performance is enabled, customers will be capable of designate pictures, GIF animations, and video content material that they need to see, i.e. obtain, the corporate revealed. The app ought to work with nearly all smartphones and tablets working Android 5.zero Lollipop and later variations of Google’s working system, which is at the moment round 80 p.c of all lively Android units on the planet, in accordance with the Alphabet-owned firm’s not too long ago publicized OS distribution figures. There’s nonetheless no phrase on when precisely will Twitter Lite be launched in additional territories but when similar apps developed by Twitter’s rivals are any indication, the service is unlikely to ever be accessible for obtain on a worldwide degree and can as a substitute solely be rolled out to growing nations whose cellular networks are but to catch as much as the requirements of richer nations. For the time being, Twitter nonetheless considers the app to be “an experiment” and hasn’t determined whether or not to undergo with the mission and supply it to extra customers, the corporate stated in an announcement offered to TechCrunch earlier at present.
The comfortable launch of the Twitter Lite Android app comes shortly after the social media firm already launched a light-weight model of its web site bearing the same name, with this explicit service being accessible worldwide since April at cellular.twitter.com. The firm itself says there may be little distinction between the 2 as its Twitter Lite Google Play Store itemizing explicitly mentions the net model of the platform as a substitute for the Android app. The newly launched platform ships with all primary Twitter options and tabs like Timeline and Explore, lets you ship and obtain Direct Messages, and helps Profile customization and system notifications.