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Twitter rolls out data-friendly 'Lite' Android version in 24 countries

'Lite' loads quickly on 2G and 3G networks and offers offline support in case users temporarily lose connection

IANS  |  San Francisco 

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After a successful trial in the Philippines, Twitter is rolling out its data-friendly "Lite" version in 24 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the and

Available in Google Play Store, Twitter "Lite" (under 3MB size) loads quickly on and networks and offers offline support in case users temporarily lose connection.

Just like Facebook 'Lite,' it offers a data saver mode to download only the images or videos users want to see.

"In April, we launched Twitter 'Lite', a new mobile web experience that minimises data usage, loads quicker on slower connections, and is more resilient on unreliable mobile networks," wrote Jesar Shah, Product Manager at Twitter, in a blog post on Friday.

"Since then we've seen an increase in engagement -- for example, tweets sent from have increased more than 50 per cent," she added.

In September, Twitter made it available in the in the Philippines.

"Through on-the-ground user research and Play Store reviews, we received a lot of valuable feedback. Based on these positive results, we have decided to bring it to more people around the world," Shah said.

Twitter 'Lite' is now available in Algeria, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Egypt, Israel, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Malaysia, Nigeria, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Serbia, El Salvador, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, Tanzania and Venezuela.

Twitter 'Lite' is yet to come to India.

The company has 330 million monthly active users, 80 per cent of whom are outside the US.

First Published: Fri, December 01 2017. 11:17 IST