Twitter introduced a Twitter Lite in April as a web application made for users dependent on unreliable mobile networks or slow internet connections. After an effective trial in the Philippines, Twitter has announced the rollout of the Twitter Lite mobile application in 24 countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin Europe and America.
Twitter Lite is optimized for speed. Twitter claims the data friendly application loads quickly on 2G and 3G networks and minimises data usage because of a data saver mode that downloads only user-approved images and videos.
Twitter Lite offers offline support in case of users temporarily lose their internet connections. Despite being the only 3MB in size, the application comes provides all major features of Twitter along with advanced features such as GIF search.
On Friday in a blog post, Jesar Shah, Product Manager at Twitter wrote – “In April, we launched Twitter ‘Lite’, a new mobile Web experience that minimises data usage, loads quicker on slower connections, and is more resilient on unreliable mobile networks.
Since then we’ve seen an increase in engagement – for example, tweets sent from Twitter Lite have increased more than 50 percent.”
We’re bringing Twitter Lite to the Google Play Store in 24 more countries!
It minimizes data usage, loads quickly on slower connections, and installs in less than 3MB on your Android device.https://t.co/kXLb0RyXWv
— Twitter (@Twitter) December 1, 2017
“Through on-the-ground user research and Play Store reviews, we received a lot of valuable feedback. Based on these positive results, we have decided to bring it to more people around the world,” she added.
Twitter initiated testing the beta version of the Twitter Lite application in September and opened it up to users in the Philippines.
The application is now available in Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Serbia, El Salvador, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Tanzania, and Venezuela.
The application has not been launched in India yet and is only available for Android smartphones as of this moment.