Facebook Messenger Lite, a scaled-down ‘Lite’ version of their Messenger app that is already available in scores of developing countries, including India, has now been rolled out in four additional countries.
In India, the Messenger Lite app allows users to send and receive texts, photos, links, emojis, and stickers. It’s only 10MB in size, which is a significant cut down from the original Facebook Messenger app’s download size of 46MB.
The Lite version will now also be available in US, UK, Canada, and Ireland, according to a TechCrunch report.
Initially, Facebook had only targeted the Messenger Lite app towards the markets in developing countries to counter the menace of spotty and slow internet connections.
Given that a major chunk of the internet populace is reeling under slow internet speeds and/or limited data packs, Lite applications like Skype Lite, Twitter Lite, Facebook Lite, and Messenger Lite, makes it easier for people to stay connected.
“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 had stated during Messenger Lite’s India launch.