Good news for all the 2G internet users in India whose Facebook app takes a decade to open on their Android phones. Mark Zuckerberg has launched Facebook Lite, a lighter version of the original app for slower data connections.
With an aim of making a stronghold in the emerging markets, this product has been rolled out in India and the Philippines. Users can download this app directly from the Google Play store. You can use both the Facebook Lite and the standard Facebook app on a single device at the same time.
According to the Product Manager of Facebook Lite, Vijay Shankar, “There is a large number of users who are on 2G, and one of the feedbacks we have received is that the app does not load fast on some devices. This lighter version has been developed so that the app works well across all network conditions and on all types of phones.” Mr. Shankar further said, “We noticed that many people who are on low-end phones are forced to delete some apps so that they can keep the Facebook app. With this lighter version, they won’t have to do that. Also, this is quick to install and load,”
It is very clear that with Facebook Lite, the major problems like app size, data usage and application performances have been taken care of. The app boasts of its small size (430 KB) and low data usage. This version 1 of Facebook Lite will support all the features of a standard app like newsfeed, status updates, messaging and links, etc. The only function missing from this app is the video support and an inbuilt browser. However, Mr. Shankar assures that the video support will be given soon.
Even though the app is built for low-end phones, it will also be of great benefit for the high-end users looking towards saving their phone memory and mobile data. In the coming weeks, this lite app will also be launched in markets across Asia, Europe and Latin America.
What is your experience of using the Facebook Lite app? Do share in the comments.
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