Are Lite Apps the Way Forward?
Following the trend, Instagram recently became the latest of a list of popular apps to undergo the ‘lite-treatment’. But what exactly are Lite Apps and should you be downloading them?
What is a Lite App?
Lite Apps were first and foremost created for use in regions with slow mobile internet and basic mobile devices that cannot deal with feature-rich applications.
This means that apps have been stripped down to their fundamental features – arguably the reason that you downloaded them to begin with. All unnecessary clutter (things like animation) are removed in favour of a more simplified design.
Why Would You Download a Lite App?
Since these Lite Apps have been stripped to their basics, they are significantly cheaper to download, use a lot less data and battery, and take up less space on your device.
This means that Lite Apps tend to launch and work at higher speeds. With more storage spared on your device, your phone won’t be bogged down by over bloated apps and will work far more efficiently.
For example, Facebook Messenger Lite takes up around 34MB when running. This is more than 150MB less than the ‘usual’ version of Messenger. Madness, right?
What Are the Differences Between ‘Normal Apps’ and ‘Lite Apps’?
- View Timeline, Trends and Notifications tabs
- Direct message
- Make lists
- Edit Profile
- Mute words or phrases
- Use emojis
- Separate tweets and mentions
- View highlights or moments
- Switch to night mode
- Save draft tweets
- Add multiple accounts
- Send GIFs
- Post photos
- Apply filters
- View stories
- Post videos
- Send direct messages
- Chat through the app (rather than download Messenger)
- Use Facebook stickers
- React to posts
- No timestamps or read receipts on messages
- Videos do not play automatically
- No animations (e.g. ‘Like’ button doesn’t move when pressed)
What other Lite Apps should I look out for?
Other great Lite Apps for Android include: