While storage on smartphones has increased over the years from 16GB to now seeing a standard of 64GB and above, lower-end budget devices still only feature 8GB of ROM. As apps become more feature-rich, it does so at the expense of storage leaving those struggling for space unable to either install or update specific apps from the Google Play Store.
To account for this, developers began offering lite versions of popular apps that provide a lightweight experience to reduce the app size. Applications such as Facebook Lite, Skype Lite, and LinkedIn Lite are just a few examples that offer the lightweight experience, but these are overshadowed by the ‘full’ versions in the Google Play Store charts.
Google seems to have identified that this is an issue for users who could benefit from the lite version of an app but never find it. A new message is appearing for some users when looking at the standard full version of an app that a comparable lite version is also available.
The new message also highlights the size of the comparable lite app, which in the case of Facebook Lite is 1.6MB, which is considerably smaller than the usual size of the app. Hitting view takes you directly to the lite version to help alert users to an alternative version of the app that may be more suitable for their device. It seems Google is targetting specific devices since I cannot replicate this on my Galaxy Note 8, but I wouldn’t expect to be offered a lite app.
It’s great to see Google taking more consideration over the user experience of third-party apps on the platform by attempting to highlight specific lite apps that will be more enjoyable than the full-version counterparts.
Have you used a lite version of a popular app? Drop us a comment and let us know how it compared.
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August 17 2018