Twitter rolls out ‘Lite’ version of its app that could slash data consumption in HALF for mobile users on expensive tariffs

Twitter rolls out ‘Lite’ version of its app that could slash data consumption in HALF for mobile users on expensive tariffs

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. Designed to be as minimalist as possible, the app requires only 3MB of internal storage, roughly the same as a standard photograph. Twitter found that after the Philippines experiment with the app, the amount of tweets in the country increased by 50 per cent. By the end of 2016, it had 319 million average monthly active users - a four per cent increase on the previous year, but still just a fraction of Facebook's 1.9 billion users. He added: 'We didn't feel like we were reaching these other countries well enough. With several changes it made, users saw their average data consumption on the browser version go down by up to 50 per cent. Cricket is the most popular sport in India and following sports in real time is one of the main ways people use Twitter, which unlike many other social media networks still has a chronological timeline to emphasise immediacy.

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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.

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A new version of Twitter has been launched, aimed at users who are limited by slow networks or expensive tariffs. New functions - including initially displaying previews of pictures instead of full images (pictured) - could see data usage plummet
A new version of Twitter has been launched, aimed at users who are limited by slow networks or expensive tariffs. New functions – including initially displaying previews of pictures instead of full images (pictured) – could see data usage plummet

Twitter Lite works through a web browser, but it will look and feel nearly identical to the existing app.

With additional data-saving feature turned on, data consumption could be cut by up to 70 per cent.

Twitter Lite works through a web browser, but it looks and feels nearly identical to the existing app.

Designed to be as minimalist as possible, the app requires only 3MB of internal storage, roughly the same as a standard photograph.

Twitter found that after the Philippines experiment with the app, the…

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