Facebook Lite Arrives in the U.S.

Facebook Lite Arrives in the U.S.
The lighter and faster version of the native Facebook app, Facebook Lite, is now available for established markets.

(CCM) — After only making the lighter version of its app available in the emerging markets, Facebook is finally launching Facebook Lite in big player markets, including the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.

The social media giant introduced the Lite version of its app in 2015, but it was limited to select regions. Today, Facebook announced that it is bringing Facebook Lite to the U.S. for users who don't have access to high speed data. For now, the app is only available in the Google Play Store, and it is unclear if the company will ever give Apple users the ability to download this version.

The Lite version of Facebook consumes less data and offers faster loading times than the full version. It is also suitable for devices with entry-level hardware specs, such as those with less than 1 GB RAM. However, for this efficiency, users must sacrifice certain popular features that are available in the native version.

Facebook Lite's arrival in the U.S. marks its existence in more than 100 countries, with more to come. Currently, it has a monthly active user base of more than 200 million people per month.

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