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.
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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.