Facebook Messenger is quite popular messaging app and kind of essential for some users. However, with a costly data plan with poor internet connection, it sometimes becomes a pain to use such apps. Unlike those in the developed countries with an excellent internet connection, there are some people living in the developing countries who have to make a tough choice when it comes to apps they want to install on their phone. To make things simple, Facebook just launched a slimmed-down version of its flagship app. Named Messenger Lite, this app is designed for Android phones with less memory and less powerful processors.
Offers only core functions:
As the name suggests, Messenger Lite offers only the core functions. You will be able to send text, photos, and links and to receive stickers. However, there will be no video calling option.
Tom Mulcahy, Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite, wrote in a blog post:
“With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices. Messenger Lite was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to.”
Lower file size and faster to install:
The app is pretty similar to the main Facebook Lite app that comes before it. With a file size less than 10MB, it will be faster and easier to download and use. So, there’s no possibility that you phone will get hanged while using the app, even if you use a basic Android phone.
Facebook will initially launch the app in Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Venezuela, and hopes to expand in other countries in the coming months. There’s no clue on whether this app will be available on iOS or not. However, by looking at the target market, the possibility of an iOS version seems very low.