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Twitter Lite Launched, a Faster Version Optimised for Slower Connection

Twitter Lite Launched, a Faster Version Optimised for Slower Connection

The website minimizes data usage, is able to load quickly on slow network connections and will only take up less than 1MB on users' devices. It also features a further data saving mode that blurs images and video until the user taps on them.

Twitter Lite is available globally, and many people will end up accessing it without realizing - it's the new standard mobile web experience for Twitter.

Twitter Lite can be accessed through mobile.twitter.com on smartphones or tablets.

Though it's geared towards emerging markets, Twitter Lite is now available globally so it's likely that at some point you'll find yourself using it without even realizing.

Twitter has announced a global product from India, Twitter Lite, and a new partnership with Vodafone in India.

Enter Twitter Lite, which not only requires less data, but promises 30 percent faster launch times and quicker navigation throughout the platform.

The move comes with Twitter struggling to boost user growth and engagement to keep up with faster-growing social networks, and move toward profitability.

Unlike the Twitter app, the lite version doesn't require users to have an account with the App Store of Google Play.

Twitter claims this reduces data usage by up to 70%. Twitter Lite works through a web browser, not a stand-alone phone application, but its appearance and functionality are almost identical to what app users experience, according to a preview shown to Reuters.

"In this mode, you will see a preview of images and videos before choosing which ones to fully load", the firm says in its blog post. Even push notifications work if you're on an Android handset, and Twitter Lite remains functional when a connection is lost by using a temporary offline browsing solution.

Vodafone subscribers may receive an SMS alert with a link to the special curated timeline on "Twitter Lite" where users can get live updates on the T20 cricket season.

Lite could prove useful even to those on faster 4G networks: the less data that whatever app consumes, the better it is for anyone's data budget.

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