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Twitter testing Lite version of its mobile app for markets with slow data

Twitter Lite app runs on smartphones with Android 5.0 and is usable on 2G and 3G networks.

tech Updated: Sep 25, 2017 17:27 IST
Twitter is now looking to increase its user base in emerging markets with slower data connections.
Twitter is now looking to increase its user base in emerging markets with slower data connections. (REUTERS)

Following the footsteps of Facebook, micro-blogging platform Twitter is testing a Lite version of its mobile app to expand base in the countries with slow and poor data connectivity. Dubbed as Twitter Lite, the app is being tested in Philippines.

Twitter, which has over 328 million total monthly active users -- 68 million MAU in the US and 260 million outside -- said the app was currently in the test mode in the Philippines, Tech Crunch reported.

The app runs Android 5.0 and up, has language support both for English and Filipino and is usable on 2G and 3G networks.

“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,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

He said the app was “an experiment” and that Twitter was still evaluating whether to launch it in further markets.

The app has basic functions such as breaking news, sports scores and entertainment updates and options to view Timeline, Notifications, the Explore tab, Messages and to customise profile.