Any Android user that doesn't download all his or her apps from the official Google Play Store has definitely heard of Aptoide. It's the most popular and used alternative application store that, apart from including all the apps available in the official marketplace, also includes other developments forbidden by Google due to legal reasons such as modded versions of games, applications to download videos from YouTube or even free downloads of applications that we'd usually have to pay for.
Now, Aptoide has presented an official lite version of its application that reduces the 20 MB of the original APK to only 2 MB. Apart from the difference in the application's weight and certain new features that we'll talk about below, the liter version of Aptoide offers us exactly the same catalog of applications with the same functions of the original app.
Main features of the lightweight version of Aptoide
The following options of the application show that both versions offer us the same advantages and contents:
- Application store with millions of APK files that the user can download straight to his or her smartphone or tablet.
- Built-in search engine to look for applications manually.
- Includes applications that originally require a payment but can be downloaded for free such as Rockstar's Grand Theft Auto San Andreas, amongst many others.
- Includes thousands of applications that are only available in Aptoide's catalog.
- The store shows lists of popular apps, latest additions, top apps or apps recommended by Aptoide's editors.
- Allows us to check if we've installed the latest versions of the apps from the Updates tabs and automatically get hold of those that aren't up to date.
- The Stores tab allows us to add repositories of applications created by third parties.
Differences between Aptoide and Aptoide Lite
As we said before, the main difference between both applications is that the lite version weighs less than 2 MB. However, although the catalog of applications ready to be downloaded is exactly the same, as well as the functions and lists in the store, there are certain modifications that allow this difference in memory.
The greatest difference, at first sight, is its interface. The original store shows us a much more well-cared design in a characteristic orange tone, with high-quality images and videos, really complete datasheets with plenty of information, much more visual, and with download and transition animations. On the contrary, Aptoide Lite goes for a blue color and keeps everything really simple.
For all these reasons, this lightweight version is perfect if we've got an Android device that's getting old, that needs some help with heavy graphics and will be happy to save as much memory as possible.