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

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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.

"The test of the Twitter Lite app in the Google Play Store in the Philippines is another opportunity to increase the availability of Twitter in this market. The Philippines market 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 usage for Twitter in the Philippines."-Twitter

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

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