Facebook launches Messenger Lite for Android

Facebook launches Messenger Lite for Android

Facebook has just announced the immediate availability of a new version of its Messenger application for Android devices. Dubbed Messenger Lite, the application will be launched in emerging markets where communication is still a luxury.

The main goal of Messenger Lite is to reduce the mobile data consumption, which is so expensive in some markets. According to Facebook, the Messenger Lite application will be initially launched in five countries: Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Venezuela. However, the developers confirmed the application will expand to more markets after the initial launch phase.

Another reason that Facebook decided to launch a lightweight, and basic version of Messenger is that there are many people in these emerging markets who still own older Android devices that have less available storage, memory, and lower performing CPUs. These smartphones often run on lower bandwidth connections, so Messenger Lite will definitely come in handy in these countries.

The application will be launched in these five countries first because Facebook claims they have a larger number of Messenger users than any other country in the region. But, as mentioned earlier, Messenger Lite will arrive in other emerging markets as well, very soon.

This is the second “lite” application launched by Facebook after the company released a “Facebook Lite” application for people whose smartphones are not capable enough to run the full-fledged version of the application.

We doubt there will be an iOS version of the Messenger Lite application available since Android is king in these emerging markets. Also, iOS devices shouldn't have any trouble in running the standard version of Messenger.

source: Facebook

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6 Comments

1. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

The full Facebook App for Android easily consumes over 200MB of storage space, within a single day of usage, and drains battery like heck. Facebook should mosty focus on making this Lite version drain less battery. That's the only reason why I'll consider this Lite over the full version.

5. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

exactly, people use lite apps because normal one consume lot of resource. Fb app and messenger sometime consume up to 400mb of ram. Emerging markets mobile data is so cheap you can get many gigabytes for less than a dollar.

2. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

I still use the messenger in FB app. Better than Lite. Gotta use a workaround tho.

3. mahima

Posts: 714; Member since: Nov 20, 2014

i used swipe for facebook...

4. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

"We doubt there will be an iOS version of the Messenger Lite application available since Android is king in these emerging markets. Also, iOS devices shouldn't have any trouble in running the standard version of Messenger." dumb conclusion coz no phone has problems running any Facebook app this is made exclusively for data savings

6. wkz09753

Posts: 8; Member since: Oct 03, 2016

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