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Amazon publishes a "Lite" Internet Browser for India



Amazon has tacitly published a Lite web browser app for Android devices that is being promoted as "lighter than the competition". Called Internet, the app is specifically designed to consume less storage space on the device and is less than 2 MB in size. It is also claimed to offer a private user experience by not requiring additional permissions or collecting private data like other browsers. The app is available for download from Google Play and is compatible with devices running Android 5.0 Marshmallow and above.

Similar to other web browsers, including Google Chrome, Amazon's Internet browser includes a home page with built-in areas for breaking news. The browser app also offers a tab preview and activates an automatic full-screen mode. You can also switch to private tabs so that users can hide browsing history from their devices.

The list available on Google Play shows that the browser app works with Android 5.0 and above. Unfortunately, we were unable to download the app from the Play Store on our Android 7.0 and Android 8.1

devices. As discovered by TechCrunch, the feedback email from Google Play points to Amazon India. This indicates that the app was created by the Amazon India team.

It is noteworthy that the latest web browser app is not Amazon's first "lite" app. The company has already released the Amazon Kindle Lite App, which is already available in India. The Kindle Lite app provides a basic e-book reading experience under 2 MB in file size. It will also work at slower data speeds and in areas with unstable data connectivity.

Similar to how Amazon develops lightweight mobile apps for emerging markets such as India, Facebook and Google, they are mainly building their native lite version apps. Facebook offers Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite to enable its social networking experience with inferior devices with limited data access. Google also has Gmail, Google Go, Google Maps Go and YouTube Go, all preinstalled on Android Oreo (Go Edition) devices.

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