Twitter Lite Will Load Pages 30 Percent Faster and it will Save 70 Percent More Data
Twitter recently announced that it will launch a brand new mobile website that’s been especially developed to consume less data than normal sites. Even better, the website will be able to load pages 30 times faster in comparison with the original Twitter page. The website in cause is being called Twitter Lite and its going to be available starting Thursday.
Android smartphone owners that use Google Chrome should be happy to know that their smartphones will receive push notifications from Twitter Lite, similar to Facebook’s desktop notifications. It gets better, the service will also be capable of caching tweets while offline.
The social media giant confirmed that it has developed the website with one purpose in mind, to cater to regions of the world where the internet connection is still running on 2G networks. This is were the Data Saver option comes into play. Twitter announced that this feature will be able to reduce data usage up to 70 percent.
The feature will basically provide users with a preview of their news feed so that they can choose what they want to load. For example if there are two videos, the user can get a preview and see which one interests him the most.
According to Twitter, the special website has been under developed for over 6 months. The social media company hired an entire team of engineers based in Bangalore and made it their goal to developed Twitter Lite as fast as possible. Worth mentioning is that Twitter was in a race against time since Facebook has already launched its “Lite” website. In addition, Microsoft has also launched a special “Lite” edition of Skype last month.
It’s great seeing that huge companies such as Twitter and Facebook are paying so much attention to regions of the world that don’t benefit from strong internet connections. Counterpoint Research published a report in which it showed that 900 million of India’s citizens are still using 2G data networks. Let’s just hope that Indian internet service providers will start using 4G networks in the not so far away future.