Facebook launches Messenger Lite app in 150 additional countries

Facebook launched the Messenger Lite for Android devices back in October, but the app was only available in five emerging markets: Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Venezuela.

In the next month following the release of Messenger Lite, developers have worked hard to bring the service to other countries. Today, Facebook announced that Messenger Lite had been enabled in 150 additional countries including Germany, Colombia, Italy, Vietnam, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan, and the Netherlands.

Just by taking a glance at the list of countries where Messenger Lite has been introduced recently, we realized this isn't just an app meant for emerging markets where communications is still a luxury.

Facebook is making the app available to almost everyone in the world who doesn't have a lot of memory on their smartphones or their devices are too old to run the latest version of Messenger.

Messenger Lite is now available for download via Google Play. Naturally, you won't have to pay anything to use it, so go ahead and give it a try if you don't like the full-fledged version of the app.

source: David Marcus



3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I would like it on iOS as well, the app is a trash with tons of crap no one uses

2. xperian

Posts: 421; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

What about not bloating the regular app so much? Then there will be no need for lite version

1. mammary.moon

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

i use this for my android phone and its much better than the regular messenger app . Its faster , use less ram and more battery friendly ! Why facebook doesnt make a lite messenger app for the iPhone for people that want more battery life or poorer people that are still using older iPhone like the 4S ?

4. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

maybe because it's already efficient enough? I really don't know but ios apps tend to be more optimised

5. mammary.moon

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

Messenger still drains a lot of battery though

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