Last week, Instagram surprised us all with an unannounced Instagram Lite application for Android. Instagram doesn’t compete on the same floor as Spotify, but the company behind the popular music streaming service seems to have followed suite to stay on top of the growing competition. Without announcing a new app, Spotify has released Spotify Lite on the Play Store in open beta and some users are seeing it.
Spotify Lite Beta is a slimmed down and lightweight version of the regular Spotify app designed to work better on low-end phones in countries where internet is hard to come by and cellular data is expensive. The app doesn’t seem to be working in the US as we speak, but I assume consumers in developing nations are able to take full advantage of its benefits.
From the Play Store listing, Spotify Lite looks somewhat like the regular version of Spotify, only streamlined. There are some missing features from what we can tell such as the ability to search for songs, play music offline, and access Spotify Connect. Because the new app lacks features, all you can really do is listen to shuffled music. It’s nothing more than a basic music player app experience in its current state. Perhaps the service will change and get better with future updates out of beta.
As mentioned, only some users are seeing the update. I’m not one of them, but if you are, kindly let us know in the comments so we can figure out who can and cannot download it. I’d expect a more formal announcement to be made once the app releases to a wider audience. As of right now, we don’t know when that will be. You can try downloading the app below from the link in brackets.