Facebook is stepping up the game with its Messenger Lite as it continues to add features to make the app appealing to many more people. The social media giant has just added some very important features in the latest update. The slimdown version of the messaging app, though a well-conceived idea, still gets a few knocks from critics who feels the developers should have added a few more features. That said, Facebook today announced a few very interesting features to make the app more attractive to users.
You can now express yourself in more colorful and attractive way when sending GIFs in Messenger Lite as the feature now allows you to send and play animated GIFs. You will, however, need a third-party keyboard such as Gboard from Google to search for GIFs in their library in order to be able to send a more expressive message.
Also, Facebook is giving people the opportunity to customize their conversations with different users during chats. You can now customize your chats with various colors and emojis thereby personalizing your chats. “Is it a friend’s birthday? Give them a nickname (maybe birthday girl or birthday boy) for a day and make the emoji in the chat a birthday cake. All you have to do is tap the info button in the top right to change the colors, nicknames and emojis as many times as you want. When you make a change, the people you’re chatting with will see what updates you selected,” Facebook said.
Opportunity to share more files has now been widened; with users now able to share file, picture, a video, or an audio file with friends and family in Messenger Lite. To share a file, tap the “+” sign, select file or video from the popup, and hit send.
Despite adding the aforementioned features, Facebook has promised to continue to make the app light for users. What the company is saying in essence is that the newly added features won’t affect its ability to work effectively in areas with erratic internet services.
“Richer does not mean heavier though. Intended for people with less powerful Android devices and/or slower Internet connections, the app that offers the core features of Messenger, is still under 10MB making it fast to install and quick to start up,” Krish Gali, Product Manager said in a blog post.
Despite being a lighter version of the original app, Messenger Lite boasts of some of the core features of the main one. Some users already preferred it to the main app as long as they are able to access the basic features. Designed basically for people with older Android devices, Lite last March added a video calling feature.
Adding a video chat feature to Messenger Lite is probably one of the smartest moves ever. The video calling feature enable users to make video calls to other users—a feature previously only enjoyed by users of the main Messenger app.