In an attempt to help out users who with slow connections, limited data and smaller memory, Twitter has launched a service called "Twitter Lite." It will provide users with a mobile-web experience instead of using a native application. What this means for users on slower networks or less powerful phones is they get the twitter experience with faster load times, less data usage and it takes up less space.
In a blog post, project manager Patrick Traughber explained that although 3.8 billion smartphones were in use in 2016, about 45% were connected on slower 2G networks. He explained that Twitter Lite requires less than 1 megabyte of devices’ memory, and it launches up to 30 percent faster than the flagship Twitter app, boasting speedier navigation, as well.
Available feature on Twitter Lite include the classic timeline, tweets, direct messages, trends, profiles, media uploads and notifications. It also has a data saver mode and additional features on Google Chrome and other Android browsers.
This move is similar to one their rival Facebook introduced in 2015. Facebook Lite, its stand-alone app for lower-end Android devices with poorer network connectivity. In February of this year, they announced that Facebook Lite topped 200 million monthly active users. Facebook also introduced a “slimmed-down” version of its Messenger app, Messenger Lite, last October, targeting the same user group.
Twitter Lite is accessible by visiting mobile.twitter.com on smartphones and tablets, and more information is available here.