Facebook today launched a pared down version of its Messenger app, geared toward Android users in the parts of the world where Internet connections leave something to be desired.
Dubbed Messenger Lite, the app “was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to,” Messenger Lite engineering manager Tom Mulcahy said in a blog post.
“People are able to quickly and easily send text, photos and links to anyone using Messenger or Messenger Lite,” Mulcahy said.
The Messenger Lite app is less than 10MB, making it quick to install and start up. It offers users Messenger’s main functionalities including messaging, sending and receiving photos and links, and receiving stickers. Messenger Lite’s bolt logo can be easily differentiated from the regular Messenger because its colors are reversed: the bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background.
Messenger Lite will first be available to Android users in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela and will roll out in other countries “in the coming months.”
Messenger Lite follows in the footsteps of Facebook Lite, an app that is less than 1MB, making it quick to both install and load — perfect for 2G networks and areas with limited network connectivity. The social networking firm made the app available last year in countries with connectivity issues across Asia and parts of Latin America, Africa and Europe.
Like Messenger Lite, Facebook Lite includes everything one would expect from Facebook: News feed, status updates, photos and notifications.
Jennifer Cowan is the Managing Editor for SiteProNews.
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