Facebook's slimmed-down app makes Messenger accessible to users with less powerful phones or slow internet.
(CCM) — Facebook is making a grab for the millions of potential Messenger users who can't use the app because their phones are too basic or their internet service is too slow. Rather than risking losing them to rival messaging services, the company has launched Messenger Lite for Android. This slimmed down version of Messenger offers the core features of Messenger including sending text, photos, stickers, and links to anyone using the Messenger or Messenger Lite apps. Messenger Lite uses the same bolt logo as Messenger, but with colors reversed: the bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background.
More than 1 billion people use Messenger every month, but some versions of the app are over 200 MB in size. Messenger Lite, by contrast, is under 10 MB. That means that downloading the app takes much less time and uses up less of any data allowance. The app also starts up much more quickly on less powerful handsets, according to Tom Mulcahy, Facebook's Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite. Messenger Lite is being rolled out now in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela, and will be made available in other countries in the coming months.
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