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Twitter Lite launches, takes only 1MB of storage & can save up to 70 percent on data
If you're a heavy Twitter user whose device is running low on storage and you'd like to reduce data usage in the mobile Twitter app, the company today announced a new solution that may interest you, aptly named Twitter Lite. It's a client-side Progressive Web App written in JavaScript and running in Safari on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. Taking up only one megabyte of storage on your device, Twitter Lite loads in under five seconds on a 3G cellular connection and can save up to 70 percent on data. The company acknowledges that there are several barriers to using Twitter, including slow mobile networks, expensive data plans or lack of storage on mobile devices. Being a web app, Twitter Lite is “resilient”, in Twitter's own words, on unreliable mobile networks. The app is accessible through Safari or other modern web browser across iOS devices and most smartphones and tablets. It includes the key features of Twitter, like the timeline, tweets, Direct Messages, trends, profiles, media uploads and more. You won't have to download anything nor do you need an email account or credit card to use the new service. The web app automatically updates to the latest version and takes up just one megabyte of storage space on your device. If you turn on Data Saver mode, Twitter Lite will use even less data by blurring the images and videos in your timeline before choosing which ones to fully load. Twitter claims that Data Saver mode can reduce your data usage by up to 70 percent. To enable it, tap your profile picture, then slide the Data Saver toggle to the ON position.
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