Twitter Lite progressive web app goes live in India
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Twitter’s progressive web app aimed at using less data and storage on your smartphones is now rolling out in India. The app dubbed as Twitter Lite is a progressive web app which essentially is a combination of the website taking up some features from the native app to build a lightweight version.

Twitter Lite gives users an app-based experience without all the hassle of downloading the native app from an app store. Users can go on to mobile.twitter.com from their web browsers and ‘Add it’ to their home screen.

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PWAs have become really popular in the past few months with many websites creating their own ‘lite’ versions so that users don’t need to download the app. Twitter Lite has been optimised to even work in areas with low connectivity and has incorporated features from the native app. The app has the basic features of Twitter - Timeline, Tweets, Direct Messages, trending topics, user profile, notifications among others.

Users of the Lite app will notice that the PWA loads quickly and takes up less than an MB on their smartphones. There’s even a data saver mode that uses lesser data and shows a blurred preview of images which can only be loaded once the user taps on it. Users can also view their tweet stream if they lose the data connection. The Twitter Lite app will also send Push Notifications.

Twitter has collaborated with Vodafone India on the launch of its Lite app for latest news on IPL, T20 matches and fixtures. Subscribers of Vodafone in the country will receive a text message for content specially curated for them. Clicking the link in the message, users will be taken straight to the Twitter’s mobile client where they can log in to view more information.

“We are happy to partner Twitter to offer this innovative service to our customers. It will enable our customers to access a selection of curated Twitter content in their area of interest – first with cricket and more to come across other genre. Throughout this 10th season of IPL, our customers can look forward to enjoying some great content using Twitter Lite on Vodafone SuperNet,” said Avneesh Khosla, Executive Vice President, Products & Services, Vodafone India on the launch of Twitter Lite.

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“Twitter Lite reduces data use by default, serving smaller media resources and relying on cached data. We’ve optimised images to reduce their impact on data usage by as much as 40% as you scroll through a timeline,” Twitter explains in a blog post.