Apps called Lite are lighter versions of services like Uber, YouTube and Spotify. In order to take up less storage on mobile devices and enable maximum performance even on poor internet connections, most of these versions can be found for the Android operating system only Facebook and Messenger have lighter versions available for iPhone (iOS). In general, the interfaces of these applications are simplified to offer software installation that takes up less space on the device and saves user data.
Some functionality of the original applications may not be available in their Lite versions. This is the case of Uber, for example, which offers the possibility to request a race in Uber Lite, but does not present the map view for real-time tracking of the driver's arrival. Here's a list of ten Lite applications recommended by dnetc to optimize the use of your device.
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Uber Lite has a simpler interface than the original app Photo: Reproduction / Maria Dias
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Uber Lite is a lighter version of Uber, available for Android only, which takes up only 5 MB of storage. The simplified platform has a different and more objective interface than the original service, requiring only the user to confirm its location, choose a destination and the desired vehicle type to request a race. Some features, such as real-time map viewing on the home screen and chats with the driver, are not available in Uber Lite if you want to be situated while traveling, the user can trigger a bar with the progress of the route. The app enables data packet savings and service usage even with a poor Internet connection.
Facebook Lite looks simpler than the full version Photo: Reproduction / Isabela Cabral
Facebook Lite is a version of the app for users who don't want to give up social networking but want to take up less memory space on their devices. The service interface differs from the original platform in that it is a simpler version that increases photo upload speed and news feed updates. With Facebook Lite, you can access the service through slow and unstable Internet connections, and you can install the software on most devices running Android operating systems. Almost all features available in the original app are available to the user on the lighter version of Facebook, which is also available for iPhone (iOS).
Spotify Lite helps the user to control mobile data spending Photo: Playback / Maria Dias
Spotify Lite takes up about 10 MB of Android device memory, and still offers the main features of the original service: playback and discovery of new music and playlists recommended by the platform. The limitation of this simpler version of Spotify is the interface, which features as a navigation option only the home page, the user's favorite music list, and the artist and music search page. Advanced settings, such as offline play, are also left out of the application. Spotify Lite also provides an easy view of data usage across the platform and enables a monthly consumption limitation to be enabled.
Twitter Lite retains the main functions of the conventional app Photo: Reproduction / Maria Dias
Twitter Lite promises to use less than 3 MB for installation and a faster upload speed than the original application. Most of the platform's basic services are included in the app, such as sending tweets up to 280 characters long, messaging, receiving notifications and the ability to save links. The app is intended for use on slower mobile networks and allows the user to download only the images, GIFs and videos they want. Twitter Lite is only available for Android 5.0 and higher operating systems.
On YouTube Go, you can download videos and choose the quality that will be used for each playback. Photo: Playback / Maria Dias
YouTube Go is a lighter version of the video app, available only for Android, and aimed at users who have a data package limitation or have unstable connections. With it, you can search for videos and choose between watching them online or downloading content. The app also offers the user the ability to limit the amount of megabytes to be spent playing media. The platform uses, on average, 9.4 MB of available space in the device's memory.
Google Maps Go helps users use the service even with a slow connection Photo: Playback / Maria Dias
Google Maps Go is designed to run on Android devices with limited memory and slow Internet connection. Thus, you do not need to rely on the connection speed for the platform to identify the user's location or to display relevant information about real-time traffic and status of other modes of transport.
The app also makes it possible to search by addresses and phones of commercial establishments. Google Maps Go maps are complete and accurate as in the original version of the service. Because it is a Progressive Web App (PWA), I need Chrome installed on my device for it to work normally. To use the navigation service, I need to download the Google Maps Go Navigation add-on app.
Gmail Go lighter version of Google's email app for Android Go Photo: Play / Google Play
Gmail Go is a version of the Android Go-only email application that uses only 10 MB of storage and offers almost all the functions available in the original application. The interface, for example, is very similar and makes life easier for the user who is already used to Gmail on its original platform. The app offers a smart inbox that keeps messages organized and blocks spam, as well as notifying the user of new emails. If you wish, you can also reply to messages even without an active internet connection for later sending, as well as searching for old emails with the help of an advanced search.
Skype Lite shows data consumption by the app Photo: Playback / Maria Dias
Although the first version of Skype Lite was designed for use in India, the app is available in Brazil and can be downloaded for Android devices. The platform has the main features of the conventional version, such as making video and voice calls, chat conversations and sending attached files, photos and videos. You can also use the app to share locations and create groups. The user must access the service through a Microsoft account. The app also allows you to easily view the data consumption performed by the app.
LinkedIn Lite provides professional networking facilities Photo: Reproduo / Rodrigo Fernandes
LinkedIn Lite is the lightweight version of the social network, with noticeable difference in space compared to the original app: only 1 MB required for your installation. The platform, which retains all the main functions of the main version, is ideal for those who want to consume less data and Internet resources to view the contents of the professional network. The service promises a five times faster upload than the traditional app and a similar interface that users of the original app know about. In addition, using LinkedIn Lite preserves the handset's battery consumption and maintains good performance on slower Internet networks. The app is only available for Android.
Messenger Lite gives access to basic settings only Photo: Playback / Raquel Freire
Responsible for taking up much of a mobile device's memory, Messenger also has a Lite version that optimizes the use of the service on Android and iPhone (iOS) devices. On this platform, the user can perform actions faster, while preserving the phone's battery longer and avoiding background data consumption. Audio and video calling functions are available in the app, unlike GIFs and games, which can only be accessed in the main version.
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