Twitter is testing a new app that uses less data


Dubbed as Twitter Lite, the app is being tested in Philippines.

These "light" apps are essential for the companies to grow their user bases in developing markets, as more users experience the web for the first time via mobile handsets. Of course, loads of them because you can still interact with your friends, access live scores, market your business, view your Timeline, the Explore Tab, Messages, Notification, and customize your profile to suit your taste.

Twitter's goal is to make Twitter accessible to anyone in the world and this is a definite step in the right direction and the Twitter Lite app is definitely a step in that direction. Earlier this year, Twitter also launched a data saving version of the Twitter website.

The Twitter Lite app is now being tested on Android in the Philippines, a nation where the speed of mobile networks, the use of data, and limited storage are all problems.

The San Francisco-based social media firm now has a user base of 319 million users, which is lower than that of Facebook at 1.9 billion, but announcing support for a Lite version of Twitter might help them boost those numbers. Does the current Twitter app use a lot of data for you or it's not that big of a deal? What's more, the lightweight application only consumes less than 3MB of internal storage when installed.

Twitter Lite may use 70% less data than the standard Twitter app, and requires only 3 MB of storage. What features would you like to see in the Twitter lite app? Even massive corporations such as Cebu Pacific, one of the Philippines' largest domestic airlines, maintains a strong Twitter and Facebook presence to reach out to customers both for feedback and official announcements. (PLDT) and the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI).

In a statement with TechCrunch, the social-network giant said "The test of the Twitter Lite app in the Google Play Store in the Philippines is another opportunity to increase the availability of Twitter in this market".