Lite apps is an outstanding phenomena of Google Play Market. Apparently, this phenomena is a result of Android devices variety. Android is a great example how developers seek for a sweet spot in the triangle between the speed of development, rich user experience and the number of devices supported. Despite great Android flexibility on a variety of devices Android versioning contributes a lot to app complexity. This is where Lite apps stepped out to cover the quality gap on low-end and outdated devices.
TikTok apps at Google Play Market
Spotify Lite app distribution countries in 2022 (77 countries)
Nowadays, companies tend to extend their Lite apps on a few developed countries as well. Some of them even become worldwide. For example, Facebook Lite is available now almost everywhere. This seems to me even more ecologically friendly since it saves traffic but also helps to keep older devices in service for longer because many people just need access to standard features.
Below is the table of major Lite apps at the Google Play Market. In this table the download size of apps is presented. All Lite apps here are smaller than 20 MB. However, the installed app size will be slightly higher. For example, Facebook Lite goes from 1.99 MB download size to 3.35 MB installed app size. At the same time the original Facebook app is 47.24 MB, its installed size goes to 56.10 MB. On top of that including User data and Cache, some apps easily occupy beyond 1 GB.
Twitter apps on my phone