Satya Swaroop Dash
Satya Swaroop Dash
Computer Science
03 Oct 2016

Facebook Launches Messenger Lite For Android In Select Countries

Facebook has always been trying to get more and more people on its platform. One of the biggest hurdles it is facing in doing so is spotty internet connection is certain places across the globe. In certain under developed or developing countries internet connectivity isn’t as refined or fast as Facebook’s basic apps are meant to work on. In the past it got around the problem by launching the Facebook Lite app for Android. It was just a tiny web wrapper app with a small install size that allowed you to perform basic activities on Facebook when you were on slower internet connection. Since over a billion people use Messenger, Facebook has taken the same ideology and created the Messenger Lite app for Android.

Messenger Lite

The Messenger Lite app can be installed on your basic Android smartphone by consuming less then 10MB of your precious data. The Messenger Lite is not only quick to install but also quick to start up. The Messenger Lite can be easily identified as it shares the same logo as the original Messenger app but with its colours reversed. The bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background. The Messenger Lite includes the core Messenger actions like messaging, sending and receiving photos and links, and receiving stickers. You would have deduced by now that you can’t send stickers on the app and nor can you make voice or video calls. That is fine though because if you are in a place with sketchy internet connection you won’t be able to make multimedia calls.


The Messenger Lite will be rolled out in countries like Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela in the first phase and will be available for other countries in the coming months.

Source: Facebook

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