LinkedIn gets even better with Lite app
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Microsoft’s social networking platform for professionals, LinkedIn, has joined the bandwagon of Lite apps. The company has released a trimmed down version of the original app, which was developed at their R&D centre in Bengaluru. Hence, the LinkedIn Lite app is being released in India first, and will be rolled out soon in over 60 other countries. Like the original app, LinkedIn Lite is free to download, and is now available on the Google Play Store.
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The first thing that strikes about the new app is that it doesn’t take too much time to set up on the first run, unlike the original app which walks users through a series of options to select what they would like to use. Though it is a one-time thing, and shows only when you install the app for the first time, it can be quite annoying.
The Lite app has a modest layout. The home page is simple, with lighter colour themes and fewer sections. In posts, the option to like, comment and share are available but highlighted only through an icon. The categories such as jobs opportunities, network and profile show at the end of the page. Linkedin has simplified things here too. For example, if you go to network, you can see connection, pending invitations and suggestions, in a simple layout with smaller images and lighter fonts, compared to the original app.
Like most light apps, it has a smaller footprint. It takes up just 4MB of space after installation, while the original app takes up 112MB to install. The bigger benefit of the new app is that pages load faster on non-4G networks. Like most Lite app variations of other apps, LinkedIn Lite also uses less memory. In our tests, it uses 100MB of RAM when active, while with the original app, the RAM usage shot up to 200MB instantly. This makes it ideal for Android devices on 1GB RAM, where even 100MB of saved memory can make a big difference to the user experience.
What makes its case stronger is the fact that LinkedIn hasn’t sacrificed any of the important features to keep the apps’ size in check. You can look for jobs, make new connections, chat with friends, update your profile, get the latest news updates in your sector with the same ease as in the original LinkedIn app. It is ideal for casual users with devices running on slow networks and low memory.