Facebook is extending the light version of its Messenger chat app beyond regions where the internet is erratic. Facebook Messenger Lite, according to TechCrunch, is now also available to every user in the US, Canada, Ireland and the UK.
The attraction for those [Canada, the US, the UK, and Ireland] outside the countries where the app was first launched, was its lightweight. Unlike the main Messenger app, the Lite version is less than 10MB in size, and does not cause your Android phone to drag.
The app does not only save storage space on your phone, it saves you data, loads faster, runs efficiently, and uses less data. Here are a few things you can do on the Messenger Lite just in case you still want to go ahead and install it on your phone:
- See when people are active and available to chat.
- Message people one-on-one or in groups to catch up or make plans.
- Send photos, videos and links, or express yourself with stickers and emojis.
- Make voice calls for free over Wi-Fi (otherwise standard data charges apply). Talk as long as you want, even with people in other countries!
- Contact anyone on Messenger, Facebook or Facebook Lite.
With some of those features, it is easy to understand why Messenger Lite has been downloaded 47 million times since it was launched in October 2016.
“We’re excited to bring Messenger Lite to Android users in four new markets, including Canada, Ireland, the U.K. and the U.S.,” a Facebook spokesperson said, per TechCrunch. “Messenger Lite is a slimmed-down version of Messenger that offers the core features of the app, while giving everyone the opportunity to stay connected to their friends and family, regardless of device or quality of internet connectivity.”
As the name suggests, Messenger Lite is a “slimmed down version of Messenger” designed for basic Android phones with low memory. The app is also targeted at users in countries with slow internet connection.
The chat app from Facebook uses similar bolt as the regular Messenger, but with a slight difference in terms of color. Colors are reversed in the Lite version—the bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background. Other than this, there is not much to separate both apps except for the size it takes on your phone’s memory. “Messenger Lite uses the same bolt logo as Messenger, but with colors reversed. The bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background,” Facebook said when it launched the app in 2016.
The rollout for those in Canada, Ireland, the US and the UK is only for Android users. For now, no mention of when the iOS version will be available. Perhaps, the popularity of the app could speed things up and encourage Facebook to extend it to everyone in the very near future.
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