9 best Android Lite apps out there

1/109 best Android Lite apps out there
9 best Android Lite apps out there
In countries like India where internet connectivity is poor and people are more likely to own cheap budget smartphones, rich apps often lose out on providing the best experience to the users. Big app makers like Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft and the rest which makes apps loaded with ever-updating new features know of this problem. While their apps are successful in developed nations like the US and European countries, their bid to make a mark in smaller countries are hampered by their own products. As a result, a new genre of apps was born. Known as Lite apps, these are stripped down, less fancier versions of the big apps. These apps don’t use much data, don’t take up much space in your phone and neither do they use up a lot of resources.

Now when you switch to a Lite app, prepare to give up on a whole lot of bling and the fancy features. In return, you will have a phone that has all that you need without slowing it down. Check out these lite apps and give them a try-

Facebook Lite

2/10Facebook Lite
Facebook Lite
Facebook Lite was launched keeping developing nations with poor internet connectivity in mind. It is designed to be used on 2G networks and in areas with unstable and slow internet. The app itself takes up a lot less space, loads quickly and works on just about any phone. Most of the usual features are available. You can browse your timeline, like and comment on posts, update status and the likes. Facebook has also made available of reactions, geofilters and camera effects. But overall, the design of the app is old. If you have been using the Facebook for some years, the Facebook Lite app will remind you of those earlier times.

Messenger Lite

3/10Messenger Lite
Messenger Lite
Facebook launched the Lite app for Messenger just last month and it is already available in 120 countries. Once again, the app is designed for phones with limited memory and processing power and low bandwidth networks. Of course, it won’t have the augmented reality and the camera effects features yet. But it’s only a matter of time considering how fiercely Facebook is competing with Snapchat which many consider too intensive for third world markets.

Skype Lite

4/10Skype Lite
Skype Lite
Following Facebook’s trail, Microsoft also launched the lite version to the Skype app. In fact, the app was launched in India itself. Weighing at only 13MB, the app is created to work best on 2G networks and in areas with unstable connectivity. It can also run smoothly on old Android phones and uses less battery to work. What’s more, Microsoft has also integrated Aadhar identification as a way to securely identify users.

YouTube Go

5/10YouTube Go
YouTube Go
Google, in an event in India, launched YouTube Go for the Indian markets. It is the stripped down version of the heavy YouTube app. The app has been designed specifically keeping the Indian users in mind. Users can download videos to save it offline. The app also provides users with details like how much data a video will take with the option of watching a low-res version which take up lesser data. One can preview the video before playing and using the local sharing features, users can share videos among those nearby without using data.

Twitter Lite

6/10Twitter Lite
Twitter Lite
Launched last month, Twitter Lite is a lightweight, stripped down version of the official Twitter app. It is Progressive Web App (PWA) and takes up less than 1MB of space in your phone and comes with a data saving mode that blurs pictures and videos unless you tap on them. Twitter has claimed the app can launch in less than five seconds in a 3G connection and save up to 70 per cent more data. You get almost all the features you are used to getting on the full version of the app. There is the timeline, notifications, search and direct messaging. However, you can’t start a live video from the app yet.

Instagram Lite

7/10Instagram Lite
Instagram Lite
Instagram Lite is basically the mobile website of the app. In case you find the app too heavy for your phone, you can simply go to Instagram’s website using your phone’s web browser and do almost all that you have been on the app. Upload photos, like, browse and explore and even send and messages. But the sad part is you can’t use Instagram Stories from the webpage yet.

Camera 360 Lite

8/10Camera 360 Lite
Camera 360 Lite
Love taking beauty-filters infused selfies, but have an old, slow phone? Get onboard the Camera 360 Lite app. It takes less than 4MB of space and can launch and be ready for your photo session in a matter of few seconds.

Opera Mini

9/10Opera Mini
Opera Mini
Chrome is notorious for its RAM use and the native browsers on most phones aren’t much different. This is where Opera, the legendary browser steps in to help. The Opera Mini app is a web browser for phones that not only takes up just 43MB of space as compared to the hundreds of megabytes that Chrome needs to operate, it also helps you save up on your data plan and provide easy downloads for music and movies from websites. There is also an in-built ad blocker, night mode, private browsing and tabbed browsing.

Line Lite

10/10Line Lite
Line Lite
Weighing less than a megabyte, Line’s Lite app lets you send and receive messages, photos and more on just about any Android phone. You can use Line IDs to add friends while those on your contact list are automatically synced. In addition, two-step verification process is also enabled.