Yesterday, in a blog post Facebook announced slimmed down version of its popular messaging app Messenger. The new 10MB app in size will be available to download on Google Play Store in selected countries in coming months. Like the main Messenger app new Lite version can also be used for chatting, sharing photos, stickers and links.
Facebook claims that its Messenger app got a huge response and is used by more than 1 billion people around the world. Many of those people have older devices and lives in an area where network connectivity is poor. This new app will allow them to use features of Messenger and will also reach to those who are unable to download the main Messenger app.
Messenger head at Facebook David Marcus told in a social media post that this version of Messenger will be helpful for those who still own older Android devices and have less memory, lower performing CPUs on their smartphone. This version will be also helpful to those who have slow internet speed. Facebook is launching Messenger Lite in five countries Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Venezuela. It will also make it available in other countries as well after initial launch phase. The company’s vision with this is to provide the most reliable way to communicate in the world for everyone.
The Facebook main app already has a lite version and it is already available to download on Google Play Store. Facebook lite is also downloaded over 100 million times. With new Messenger lite app, Facebook’s move is clear that it does not want old gadgets to come in the way of communication.