Twitter testing Android app that uses less mobile data

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"It is essentially a native app version of the light weight mobile website, also called Twitter Lite, that Twitter launched in April this year". At this stage it is only available in the Philippines through official channels (Play Store) but you can grab a copy of it from APK Mirror and check it out for yourself. The idea is to allow mobile users to employ Twitter in emerging markets where data is expensive or hard to find.

Twitter has today released an app into the Philippines Play Store that is a web app packaged into an Android app. Being a web app it still managed to do a lot of what the mobile Twitter app does. And with a file size under 3MB, you don't need much storage space to install it.

According to the microblogging company, Twitter Lite works without any issues, and is flawless on 3G as well as 2G networks. The core Twitter experience is still intact, but the social network says its Lite app can use up 70% less data by reducing bandwidth-hogging media like photos and video. So, you won't be able to download it right off the bat if you don't live in the Philippines.

Twitter Lite is built to work with virtually every smartphone and tablets that run on Android 5.0 Lollipop and later versions.

Twitter has soft-launched called 'Twitter Lite, ' an Android app for the Philippines. Not only was it a significant upgrade over the previous mobile Twitter site, but it included had nearly all the functionality of the native app (including push notifications). "Twitter Lite helps to overcome these barriers to usage for Twitter in the Philippines".

At this point it would be surprising if Twitter didn't bring the Lite app to other countries for testing, especially since its core service, sharing short text updates that use minimal data, has the potential to succeed in markets with limited networks.

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