A new Lite app of Spotify is being tested on the Google Play Store, with limited compatibility across devices and regions. The app is Spotify’s attempt at offering a lighter app that is designed to work on low-end smartphones and slow internet connection, following in the footsteps of Google and Facebook that have offered similar ‘Lite’ apps for their key services. However, Spotify is still not available officially in India.
The premium music streaming service has rolled out its Lite App, but uptake is slow, suggesting that the app has limited availability for now. The primary purpose of the Lite app is to have a similar Spotify experience on an app that is significantly smaller in size, and also claims to reduce data usage. A similar approach is used by Google and Facebook with their ‘Go’ and ‘Lite’ apps respectively, allowing the apps to be used with even slow internet connections and on data plans that don’t have a lot of available bandwidth.
The Lite app has received some ratings and reviews on the Google Play Store, which suggest that the app is perhaps too light and lacking in many features. Among these is the inability to select sound quality or download tracks for offline listening, according to a review by a user. It’s important to point out that Spotify itself states that the app is in testing, so it isn’t the final product that will be rolled out whenever the app goes live.
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Spotify is not available in India officially, with other services such as Apple Music, Amazon Prime Music and Saavn being the leading streaming services in the country. The concept of the Lite app works particularly well in India, as has been demonstrated by various other apps and services in the country.