Facebook Introduces Messenger Lite for Older, Underpowered Android Devices

Uzair Ghani
Posted Oct 3, 2016
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Facebook has just introduced a lighter version of Messenger called ‘Messenger Lite.’ The app is extremely lightweight, and is available for Android.

Messenger Lite Ensures That Users Are Connected Regardless of Their Android Handset’s Power

Facebook Messenger is a feature-rich app on mobile. If you ever try to install it on an older device, you’ll realize how crippled it is in terms of performance. So basically if you want to take full advantage of it, you need a more recent smartphone in terms of hardware. Otherwise things are going to be extremely subpar in terms of user experience.

Realizing the problem that Messenger is pretty heavy on resources, Facebook has just introduced Messenger Lite. And from the name you can already guess the sole purpose of the app – to be as light as possible on resources. Or in other words: the app is squarely aimed at older Android devices that are underpowered and boast older hardware.

Here’s what Facebook has to say about Messenger Lite:

Furthering our goal to empower people all over the world to stay connected, today we’re launching a new app called Messenger Lite, a standalone version of Messenger for Android. Messenger Lite is a slimmed down version of Messenger that offers the core features of Messenger for markets with slower than average internet speeds and a prevalence of basic Android smartphones. With Messenger Lite, people are able to quickly and easily send text, photos and links to anyone using Messenger or Messenger Lite.

Interestingly, Messenger Lite is under 10MB in size, making it ideal to install on a device that’s limited on resources. But there is a small catch which everyone has to know about before they scramble to Google Play in order to download Messenger Lite. The app is currently rolling out to users in ‘Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela.’ So if you do not live in any of the aforementioned counties then you might want to hold back for a while. But, the good news is: Facebook has promised it will roll out Messenger Lite to more countries in the months to come. And of course, we will inform our readers about it as it becomes available in more countries for download.

Meanwhile, users who live in the above countries can go ahead and download Messenger Lite for free. Be sure to let us know about your experience in the comments section below.

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