Just like Facebook Lite, Facebook has come out with another “lite” version of yet another app, and this time for its Messenger app. The app is aimed to the next billion internet users in emerging markets where mobile internet connections are slow. According to Facebook blog post, the company described Facebook Messenger Lite as a “slimmed down version of Messenger” designed for basic Android phones with low memory. The app rolls out today to users in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela, before expanding to other markets in coming months.
“With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices,” Tom Mulcahy, Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite, wrote in a blog post. “Messenger Lite was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to.”
The announcement marks Facebook’s latest effort to expand its reach in developing countries, following the launch of other initiatives like Free Basics, which allows users to access certain websites that don’t count against their monthly data plans. Messenger Lite will offer the same basic functions as Messenger, enabling users to send and receive texts, photos, and links, and to receive stickers. As expected any “Lite” version should be fast and so is this app and it is easy to download, with a size of less than 10MB. Currently Messenger has more than 1 billion active users.