Micro-blogging platform Twitter is testing a Lite version of its mobile app to expand base in the countries with slow and poor data connectivity. Named as Twitter Lite, the app is being tested in the Philippines.

Earlier, Facebook has also tested its app’s lite version for the same purpose.

According to a report published in Tech Crunch, Twitter has over 328 million total monthly active users — 68 million MAU in the US and 260 million outside — said the app was currently in the test mode in the Philippines.

Initially, the app is bilingual with the full support for English and Filipino. The app runs Android 5.0 and up, and is usable on 2G and 3G networks.

“The test of the Twitter Lite app in the Google Play Store in the Philippines is another opportunity to increase the availability of Twitter in this market.

“The Philippines market has slow mobile networks and expensive data plans while mobile devices with limited storage are still very popular there. Twitter Lite helps to overcome these barriers to usage for Twitter in the Philippines,” a Twitter spokesperson said.

He said the app was “an experiment” and that Twitter was still evaluating whether to launch it in further markets.

The app has basic functions such as breaking news, sports scores and entertainment updates and options to view Timeline, Notifications, the Explore tab, Messages and to customise profile.

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