Twitter Lite in the Philippines Philippines

Twitter just released a special version of its app in PH

In Games, Apps, and OS by Ramon LopezLeave a Comment

SIMILAR to what Facebook and YouTube did a while back, Twitter has quietly rolled out the light version of its Android app in the Philippines, where it is currently being tested.

Users in the country can now download the Twitter Lite app on the Google Play Store. As you may have gathered from the title, it eats up less storage — no more than 3MB — and loads quicker on slower cellular connections since it uses up to 70 percent less data.

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It also features a handy Data Saver mode, which prevents images and videos from being displayed on your screen — unless you allow them to be, of course. What’s more, the file size of images in each tweet will be shown, so you’ll know how much data it is going to consume before downloading.

Twitter Lite Data Saver mode_Philippines

Data Saver mode…

Twitter Lite Data Saver mode_Philippines

…prevents images and videos from being displayed on your screen — unless you allow them to be, of course.

Most of Twitter’s basic functions can be found in the app, including the ability to search tweets and see trending topics and hashtags, start a private conversation, and customize your profile. Understandably, Twitter Lite supports both English and Filipino. It doesn’t include Twitter’s Night Mode feature, which is unfortunate because we prefer browsing through the social network sans its default bright and cheery interface.

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During Twitter’s earnings call in July, CEO Jack Dorsey voiced his optimism for Twitter Lite: “One of our goals is to make sure Twitter is accessible to anyone in the world. And Twitter Lite exactly hits on this particular goal. Especially in places like India, we found that our app was just way too slow to access.”

He added, “So we have areas in the world where network infrastructure is more costly, and we could be a lot better in terms of serving those markets and those countries. So it’s way too soon to assess the usage trends, but our initial results look really positive.”

Twitter vs Twitter Lite_Philippines

Above: Twitter. Below: Twitter Lite

As of the second quarter of 2017, Twitter reported 328 million monthly active users. 260 million or 79 percent of its users are outside the U.S., where cellular networks are sometimes not only slower but also more expensive to use.

Personally, we think Twitter still has a long way to go in the Philippines. But offering a version of its app that allows users to have more control over their data allowance, and in the process, their spending, is a huge step in the right direction.

Story via TechCrunch

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.