Slow and limited internet access shouldn’t stop users from chatting with their friends and family online, Facebook recently introduced Messenger Lite app, a “slimmed down version of Messenger that offers the core features of Messenger for markets with slower than average internet speeds”.
Available in selected markets including Malaysia, Messenger Lite is under 10MB in size so it’s fast to install and quick to start up. Don’t expect all the fancy things like stickers, animated GIFs and such though, it’s purely for messaging, allowing users to send text, photos, and links. You can still receive stickers and GIFs, but GIFs will not be animated.
Messenger Lite is part of the social networking company’s effort to expand to more users, especially in developing countries. Just last year, the company introduced Facebook Lite that uses a lot less data compared to its main Facebook app. On top of using less data, Messenger Lite is also targeted at users who are using older or less powerful Android smartphones with limited storage.
Facebook Messenger Lite is now available for download on the Play Store to all people in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. The app will be launched in other countries in the coming months.