Popular internet companies have over the time been releasing a Lite version of their apps to counter the menace of spotty and slow internet connections in developing countries and Facebook has added another Lite app to its list as Messenger Lite goes live in India.
The Messenger Lite app allows users to send and receive texts, photos, links, emojis and stickers, and is only 10MB in size, which is a significant cut down from its original Messenger app’s download size of 46MB.
The Facebook Lite app is already available in the following countries: Vietnam, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands.
“Facebook Messenger today rolled out the ‘lite’ version of its app — Messenger Lite — in India, in its bid to reach people in emerging markets where mobile internet connections are slow,” the company stated.
In addition to all of that, the Messenger Lite app also enables users to use the voice calling feature and set the ‘active now’ indicator. Users can also view, add and remove group members from a group.
Messenger Lite enables people who don’t possess the latest smartphone to connect to their friends and family with greater ease.
“Messenger Lite is a lightweight, fast and simple version of Messenger that offers the core features of Messenger for markets with slower than average internet speeds and a prevalence of basic Android smartphones,” Facebook added.
While a significant portion of the population in the world is riding high on 4G speeds, with an eye out for the upcoming 5G tech, they’re dwarfed by the number of people still on slow 2G speeds — especially in developing countries where internet penetration is low.
Given that a majority of the internet populace is reeling under slow internet speeds, limited data packs and spotty networks, Lite applications like Skype Lite, Twitter Lite, Facebook Lite and now the Messenger Lite, makes it easier for people to stay connected.