Earlier this year, Twitter introduced a new version of its mobile site that it calls Twitter Lite. It’s specifically designed to be used in parts of the world especially parts of Asia and Africa with limited connectivity, and it uses less data to help with load times. The company is now testing a Twitter Lite Android app.
Like the mobile site, the app will use less data, and will be useful in places where internet access is slower. A spokesperson for the company told TechCrunch that the app is just an experiment, and that it’s not sure if it’ll test the app in other markets. The company is testing in the Philippines which represents a good place to test such a product, because it has “slow mobile networks and expensive data plans, while mobile devices with limited storage are still very popular there.”
TechCrunch points out that the app retains a number of familiar features, and that users can change their settings to turn off data-heavy images or videos. The app itself is also suited for phones with less storage, taking up “under 3MB.