Published: Fri, April 07, 2017
Science | By Boyd Webster

Twitter Lite launched in India, claims to be 30% faster

Twitter Lite launched in India, claims to be 30% faster

The new app weighs only 1MB and will supposedly consume 40% less data through the data saver mode that when activated, considerably reduces data consumption.

However, the way you see these features will differ from traditional Twitter access.

Anyone and everyone can check out Twitter Lite today at mobile.twitter.com on a smartphone or tablet.

Back in 2015, Facebook launched Facebook Lite, a variation of the app created to deliver a faster experience on slower mobile networks and not so advanced Android mobile phones. Twitter says the Lite version will load to the point of interactivity in under five seconds on most 3G devices, and claims that it can save up to 70 percent on data while loading 30 percent faster.

Twitter Lite also has a new data saver mode. Photos and videos will only fully load when users tap on one of them.

The idea behind the rush for going Lite is that most users prefer using these apps offline, especially in areas with weak network connectivity.

Twitter wants to get around slower internet connections so that as many people as possible can check in on what's going on.

Although Twitter Lite will be launched globally, but the application makes its debut in India. It's main target customers would be the one outside the US, UK and other nations that have fast wireless connectivity instead of targeting emerging markets those without 4G connectivity, slow and untrustworthy wireless networks.

The web app should be particularly useful in South Africa, where data prices are notoriously high, but smart phone usage is on the rise. "However, there are several barriers to using Twitter, including slow mobile networks, expensive data plans, or lack of storage on mobile devices", said Patrick Traughber, product manager at Twitter, in a blog post.

Twitter Lite provides Twitter's key features including timeline, Tweets, Direct Messages, trends, profiles, media uploads, notifications, and more.

Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) is launching a new version of its social media platform called Twitter Lite.

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