Microsoft-owned site LinkedIn with over 500 million members has released a light Android version called – LinkedIn Lite. LinkedIn Lite is a pared-down version of its original LinkedIn mobile app. On the same note, Facebook has launched the light version of its Messenger App called – Messenger Lite.
The apps are developed for users in markets where data networks are slower and more expensive for consumers. It will also be helpful for users when phones are slower. The apps are available on the Play Store.
The Light version of LinkedIn – is live now with 42 million users in India and runs on Android versions above 5.0. LinkedIn says that the professional networking site is also shortly extending its product – LinkedIn Lite to more than 60 countries in the coming weeks and months. LinkedIn Lite was first launched in September during an event in Delhi.
The ‘Lite’ App uses only 1 MB of the device space. Due to the low utilization of space, the data usage required is reduced by 80 percent to run the App. The page loads in 5 seconds even on a 2G network which is commendable.
The Lite app has all basic features like news feed, jobs, profile, access to your LinkedIn network, messaging, notifications and search. But, it will not have the graphics and features which might reduce the time of downloading a page and increase the usage of user data allowance.
Facebook announced the Messenger Lite a week ago. Messenger Lite is 10MB in size. Earlier, the app was made available for countries such as Vietnam, Peru, Turkey, Nigeria Germany and the Netherlands. Voice calling and Active Now indicator are the features of this Messenger Lite app.
Facebook claims that the app comes with good speed, low data consumption and works in all network conditions. Moreover, It works in 2G network and areas with poor internet connections as well.
However, there is no information regarding when the app would be made available for iOS users since the app has been designed only for Android users.