Facebook has launched a slimmed-down version of its popular Messenger app in an effort to application to users in countries with less-than-stellar internet access. Called Messenger Lite, it gives users the ability to send text, photos, and links to anyone using Facebook Messenger in nastiness of “slower than average internet speeds and a frequency of basic Android smartphones.”
Facebook has come out with a “lite” version of its Messenger app, in a bid to make users in promising markets where mobile internet connections are slow. In a blog post published Monday, the company described Facebook Messenger Lite as a “slimmed down version of Messenger” designed for basic Android phones with low recollection. The app rolls out today to users in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela, before expanding to other markets in coming months. Messenger Lite offers the same core functions as Messenger, enabling users to send and receive texts, photos, and links, and to receive stickers. Facebook also says that the app is fast and easy to download, with a size of under 10MB. In July, the social network announced that Messenger has more than 1 billion active users, a few months after the Facebook-owned WhatsApp reached the same milestone.