Twitter Lite app is made for countries where connectivity costs a fortune or is hard to find

Twitter is testing a new "lite" version of its Android app. This is an app version of a mobile web site it launched earlier this year called, quite appropriately, Twitter Lite. It requires less mobile data to work. The idea is to allow mobile users to employ Twitter in emerging markets where data is expensive or hard to find. The app has been added to the Google Play Store, but only in the Philippines where mobile data is expensive and slow.

Identical to the mobile web version of Twitter Lite, the app is an "experiment" according to Twitter, and the company is considering bringing the app to other markets. Twitter Lite includes a "data saver" feature that when enabled, allows the app to load videos and images only. Even under normal use, the app is designed to use as little cellular data as possible. Still, Twitter Lite provides the usual features that you would expect from a Twitter branded app. It also loads quickly on 2G/3G networks. And with a file size under 3MB, you don't need much storage space to install it.

Twitter Lite is a free download from the Philippines version of the Google Play Store, and can be installed by clicking on the sourcelink.

source: TwitterLite via TechCrunch



1. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

Even though I've an S6 which has more than enough muscle to handle even the heaviest apps on The PlayStore and an unlimited Wifi connection with no data caps to worry about; I'm using those "Lite" apps, and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Right now, I'm using Lite versions of Messenger and Facebook (side-loaded via APKs) and I find them vastly superior than their 'heavy', 'bloated' and 'geeky' counterparts. Both of these apps are extremely clean, simple, snappy and minimalistic! Now some die-hard Facebookers who spend most of their life on couches and beds (Americans, mostly) may find it severely lacking, crippled or perhaps even "decapitated", but for a casual user like me, it's EXACTLY what I need! Would love to see a Lite version of What'sApp as well as it sometimes lags a tad bit here and there. Oh well, G'Day!

3. hemedans

Posts: 762; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

you are not alone, same here

4. Manny0122

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 16, 2017

same here buddy

2. Shubham412302

Posts: 594; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Twitter lite has bewn available in india for a few days. It is visible in launcher but is chrome web app. It was added through the website. I think firefox web app idea wasn't bad considering many websites have similiar interface to their apps and website actually work smoothly than apps thanks to no optimization from app developers.

5. kennybenny

Posts: 228; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

I think Lite apps should be available in Canada where we pay $85 for 1GB data it is so ridiculous as we pay the highest cell phone bills in the world!

6. Pigaro

Posts: 91; Member since: May 15, 2016

In my country Ghana, I use Facebook lite because of the cost, buying data here is too expensive. I can't even browse on Google Chrome, it eat up my data so opera mini is my favorite.

7. ermond012

Posts: 26; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

I am from the Philippines but I cannot find this in the Play Store. Downloaded it from instead.

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