Unlike Facebook’s data-saving solution, however, Twitter Lite isn’t an app at all – in fact, it’s a slightly reworked version of the service’s mobile website, but with new capabilities that bring it closer to app territory. Twitter claims its new site offers up to 30% faster launch times, as well as up to 70% less data usage, the latter of which is achieved thanks to an optional data saver feature.
Introducing Twitter Lite on mobile web!
— Twitter (@Twitter) April 6, 2017
What’s more interesting, however, is the newly-added ability of the site to send push notifications to its users through the web browser. This is a late but nevertheless welcome proof that Google’s websites-as-apps idea has some merit, though it remains to be seen whether users will actually take advantage of it. And in fact, Google seems to have had a hand in making the site: “Twitter Lite is a new type of Progressive Web App (PWA) developed in partnership with Google.”
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