LinkedIn has announced the launch of LinkedIn Lite app, a faster and lighter version of its flagship Android app. LinkedIn Lite offers a seamless and intuitive experience to LinkedIn users in the country. According to the company, the world’s largest professional network has more than 42 million members in India.
LinkedIn Lite is a ‘Made in India’ product developed by the company’s R&D team in Bengaluru, and was inspired by the success of the lightweight mobile website which was launched in September 2016.
While the LinkedIn Lite app is first being rolled out to members in India, the company plans to roll out the mobile web version and the new Android app in over 60 countries shortly.
LinkedIn Lite aims to make the platform more easily accessible to the growing population of mobile internet users in India while helping overcome the challenges of unpredictable internet connectivity. The app is built to run smoothly and offer faster access even on lower end smartphones.
The app loads extremely fast – in under five seconds, even on 2G network – and the app size is only 1 MB while reducing data usage by 80 percent.
According to Akshay Kothari, LinkedIn’s Country Manager for India, apart from providing a fast, data-light solution for professionals in slow network areas, he hopes the LinkedIn Lite app will democratize access to economic opportunity.