LinkedIn launches 1mb 'Lite' app in India for slower connections


LinkedIn, the employment-oriented social networking service has launched LinkedIn Lite, a faster and lighter version of its mobile app in India. On the Android operating system, this new LinkedIn lite app offers a seamless and intuitive experience to their users.

Facebook Messenger and LinkedIn have launched the stripped-down versions of their apps in India.

Please Wait while comments are loading. Moreover, LinkedIn is not planning to create an iOS app for LinkedIn Lite.

India remains one of the biggest markets for the Microsoft-owned professional network as it accounts for a sizeable 42 million users. It contains all the necessary LinkedIn features such as the profile itself, news feed, jobs, access to LinkedIn network, messaging and notifications.

The app is live now in India, and LinkedIn says that the plan will be to expand it to over 60 more markets in the coming weeks and months. LinkedIn tied up with Bengaluru-based startups Aspiring Minds and HackerRank, and Gurgaon-based CoCubes and Wheebox to conduct the online assessments. With LinkedIn Lite App, Kothari hopes to make it easier for companies to not just find talent in smaller cities and towns but also fill positions quickly.

For now it only works in India; however, the app will be later available for 60 other countries as well.

The Messenger Lite works like the previous version but is under 10 MB and enables to send and receive photos, emojis and stickers faster and easily. It comes integrated with Aadhaar verification.

Neha Dharia, a technology analyst with Ovum Plc., said LinkedIn is headed in the right direction with its Lite strategy. There are now no plans to create an iOS version, mainly because iPhones aren't widely used in developing markets and there's always the mobile web Lite version to use, which launched in September past year. Moreover, this app will also run on 2G internet.

The Facebook lite app has got huge attention among the budget Android phone users.

At one point last year, Facebook Lite was Facebook's fastest-growing app, and this year it hit 200 million users.