Twitter Lite Is Now Available in 21 More Countries

Push notifications were added to the slimmed-down Android app

Twitter Lite screenshots from the Google Play Store Twitter/Google Play Store

Twitter announced Monday that its Twitter Lite slimmed-down mobile application is now available in 21 new countries, bringing the total number to more than 45 countries.

The social network also revealed that Twitter Lite now supports push notifications.

Twitter began testing the app for users with data, bandwidth and device constraints in the Philippines last September, rolling it out in 24 more countries last November.

The new countries where Twitter Lite is now available are: Argentina, Belarus, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Morocco, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Romania, Turkey, Uganda, Ukraine, Uruguay, Yemen and Zimbabwe.

Aside from the addition of push notifications Monday, other features that are part of Twitter Lite include:

  • A data saver feature, enabling users to control which images and videos load on their devices in order to conserve data (clicking load image or load video will bring up that content, should they decide they want to view it).
  • Quick loading on 2G and 3G networks and a small install size (3 megabytes).
  • Bookmarks, enabling people to save and share tweets.
  • Night mode, a darker theme for the Twitter timeline.
  • Threaded tweets, enabling people to string together a series of tweets.

Product manager Jesar Shah wrote in a blog post, “Every day, millions of people around the world use Twitter to see what’s happening. However, there are several barriers to using Twitter, including slow mobile networks, expensive data plans or lack of space on mobile devices. When building new products, we want to make sure what we create allows people to have the best possible experience, no matter where they are.” David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.