‘Lite’ Android apps often include less features, but also improved performance, less data usage and in most cases, smaller APK download sizes.
While applications like Facebook’s Messenger Lite have been around for a few months now, they’re somewhat buried in the depths of the Play Store. It looks like Google has plans to change that, though, by directly recommending these less resource intensive apps to users.
Originally spotted by Reddit users and then first reported by Android Police, it looks like Google is testing a new feature that recommends the lite version of a specific app when browsing its Play Store listing.
This makes it easier for users to discover lite apps who otherwise wouldn’t even know they exist. It could also improve specific apps’ performance when running on lower-end Android devices.