Spotify is testing a slimmed down version of its app on Android. The app called Spotify Lite is currently only available in Brazil.
According to Android Police, Spotify is joining social platforms like Facebook, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, WhatsApp, and LinkedIn by testing its own lightweight version of Spotify for mobile. Currently only available on Android in Brazil, the app comes at a significantly reduced size, and but lacks many of the main app’s features.
Currently, Spotify’s regular app takes around 100MB on your device, whereas Spotify Lite only takes about 15MB. While it’s a significant difference in size, most other Lite apps take up closer to 1MB. It may just be enough to help more people in emerging markets to download it. Of course, the small size comes with caveats.
Android Police explains that while the app looks similar to its bigger cousin, it misses much of its functionality. For example, there is no offline playback and no option for higher quality 320 kbps playback. Also, there is no Spotify Connect; thus audio can’t be streamed to other devices. Finally, it seems that it doesn’t allow users to search for specific songs. Instead, users will have to listen on shuffle.
For the time being, the app is a test only, and Spotify is expecting users to leave feedback. So far, reviews reveal that many users are frustrated that they are missing so many main features, while others are happy with the better performance and that it is lightweight. Spotify hasn’t commented anything specific at this time.