Tastes great, less filling: Facebook Lite now available in the Google Play Store

Tastes great, less filling: Facebook Lite now available in the Google Play Store
In developing markets like India, Africa, and Southeast Asia, opening up the mobile Facebook app could result in a less than optimal social media experience with a sluggish connection slowing everything down. To help Facebook users in developing markets deal with these issues, Facebook Lite has been introduced. It's doesn't have fewer calories than regular Facebook, and who knows what an app tastes like? But thanks to the elimination of video and features like Nearby Friends, Facebook Lite runs smoother on outdated pipelines and old Android handsets.

Facebook Lite also uses lower-resolution thumbnails in order to keep everything moving along. Facebook has been working on its Lite version for about a year with the goal of having it work on every Android phone regardless of RAM, CPU and storage. Since 4 billion people are using a 2G internet network, the app has to run smoothly over such a slow connection. And because the cost of data makes it too expensive for many to run through large files while online, Facebook Lite is designed to use as little data as possible. At just 1MB in size, the Facebook Lite app can be downloaded in seconds.

We originally told you about Facebook Lite back in January when the app was available via sideloading in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe. If you are in a developing market, you can now download Facebook Lite from the Google Play Store. Click on the sourcelink to see if you are eligible to install the app on your Android device..


source: FacebookLite via TechCrunch

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30 Comments

1. foster426

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

So I still have to deal with the memory hungry Facebook Heavy, huh?

25. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

I have used the Facebook lite for month now and the thing is about 1MB in size and does not eat up memory at all. The application provides all the basic functions of Facebook. It is pretty much, awesome.

30. ricmdv

Posts: 28; Member since: May 02, 2015

I live in South Africa and I downloaded it to try it out. Much preferred the original one. Although I do have decent WiFi at home and my S6 on a 4G LTE network. Most people around here don't have that, so I do see the benefits.

2. cripton805

Posts: 1485; Member since: Mar 18, 2012

Why not offer it everywhere? Thats stupid. Everyone rating the regular FB app seems like they have been asking for this.

3. Diablo49

Posts: 11; Member since: May 20, 2015

it spends less data ? my plan have only 200MB per month

4. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

i go through 200MB of data in less than a half hour sometimes.

5. TechNeck

Posts: 657; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

Ikr. XD

6. Diablo49

Posts: 11; Member since: May 20, 2015

200MB is too short. anyone knows if spends less?

16. snake

Posts: 8; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Yeah it spends way less data

10. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

what the hell are you doing there?

26. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

At times am surprised at my usage. I can easily go over a GB in minutes.

17. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Make sure the automatic playing and loading of videos is turned off or to Wi-Fi only. It can have a dramatic effect on data usage.

7. waddup121 unregistered

Facebook lite, huh.

8. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Diet Facebook Hahaha!

9. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

my goodness.. im glad i dont have to deal with low data plans..

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

To all you unlimited data plan users.. What the hell do you use your data for? Honest answers please. If you surf youtube put it , if p0rn, put it, if hotspotting, put it thanks.

20. Jason2k13

Posts: 1469; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

mostly p0rn in Full HD set on incognito mode, and im talking on behalf of everyone here.

24. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

I consume around 60-80GB a month. Around 80% of that goes to watching sports (mostly NBA games and news) in HD. The approx 20% left is usually distributed on various things. App updates, social media, and syncing files are the next big three data hogs on my tracker.

12. gaming64 unregistered

F*ck Facebook Mobile. Give me this lite version. Im sick of the interface and Messenger!

14. Blazers

Posts: 760; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Not to mention the bloated app is 300mb+ on android. Add messenger, and it's around 400. And then then they seem to update it every other day, for another waste of 300mb for an insignificant update that they don't even have a change list for. I'll stick with the browser.

21. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Then don't use Facebook. You're not a loss to them.

23. gaming64 unregistered

How long did you stay in comment reading school?

28. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Longer. Your mom was our valedictorian.

13. DirtyDan

Posts: 14; Member since: Jun 13, 2011

Poor peasants...

15. gaming64 unregistered

That's racist

18. Cyberchum

Posts: 1099; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This is what I've been installing for my friends who can't deal with the lousy regular Facebook app. Loads before you know it, everything is a breeze.

19. Mfa901

Posts: 291; Member since: Jul 14, 2012

i am using it since it was in beta...

22. irfanil

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

So you can message friends in Facebook Lite but not the Original Facebook app! Good going :)

27. kkmkk

Posts: 699; Member since: May 06, 2013

why i cant install it on my note 4 & sony z2 ?

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