Apps take lots of memory and battery to run and even the latest flagship smartphones sometime give you notification for apps that are taking too much battery at the back end. A phone that has 16GB storage and 1GB or 2GB RAM will easily run out of space for apps. Running these apps all the time causes issues like overheating, slowdown or screen freeze sometime.
Having heavy android apps on your phone isn’t ideal case, especially if you do not need these all the time. Considering these problems, apps manufacturers come up with the lite versions for their apps for daily use. These lite versions won’t drain on your phone and monthly data allotment. Let’s find out some of these lite versions of apps.
I don’t know if there is any smart phone without Google Maps these days. Some smart phones have the Google map installed by default. But if you are not a regular traveler or aware of the area you are living, working in, you may not need it all the time. The alternative for Google Maps is Maps Go, the light version to navigate the streets. Having the light weight version can make a huge difference on performance and data usage. There is no difference in functionality as well. You can learn how to install Google Maps Go from the following video.
Facebook is the largest social media platform and almost everyone use it on the go. This app require lots of resources and permission to work in full mode so it makes sense to use the alternative light version to save all the dedicated sources for being drained.
We all love spotify. It is one of the world’s largest music streaming app with over 180 million active users, but it takes about 100MB space only for the software. The company behind Spotify is still working on its light version which would take only 15MB space. You can see the difference between how these apps would use storage. Lite version is in beta mode and available to limited regions. The light version though doesn’t support offline playback but hopefully it will support in future.
YouTube also has lite version with YouTube Go name. It was launched in 2016 and available worldwide except for few countries. The simplified version offers minimal but effective features. It also give you option to run a low quality video in case you are on low internet speed. You can also send videos to your friends via Bluetooth but this feature is still limited to some regions and if you don’t have it, well, you may have to wait it for some time till Google decides to pack it with YouTube Go.