Twitter has rolled out the new version of its main app to 24 countries that could slash data consumption in half.
Named Twitter Lite, the app only takes up around 3MB of space, and supports offline usage to combat patchy internet coverage.It also allows users to decide which tweets, pictures and videos to download so they don’t waste data automatically downloading everything. Its release follows two months of successful testing in the Philippines, and experts claim it could dramatically boosts Twitter’s user base.
The Twitter Lite app should now be available at the Google Play Store in: Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Serbia, El Salvador, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Tanzania, and Venezuela.
In yesterday’s blog post, Shah highlighted some of the key benefits of the app:
- Loads quickly on 2G and 3G networks, and offers offline support in case you temporarily lose your connection
- Minimizes data usage, and offers a data saver mode to download only the images or videos you want to see
- Reduces install size to under 3 MB so it doesn’t take much room on your phone
A big reason for this, in some parts of the world, is how much data Twitters app and website consume – according to Keith Coleman, Twitter’s vice president of product.