Facebook Introduces Messenger Lite for Entry-Level Messaging

Oct 04, 2016 04:53 AM EDT | Claire Ann Austria

Continuing to amaze the world, Facebook has now come out with a "lite" version of its Messenger application. In a bid to reach users in emerging markets where mobile internet connections are slow, Messenger still seems to be an app hard to use. However, this time, Facebook made it different for its avid users.

On Monday, a blog post said that the company described Facebook Messenger Lite as a "slimmed down version of Messenger" designed for basic Android phones with low memory. Much has been said, Messenger Lite has been created "to empower people all over the world to stay connected."

The said app is now running and available for download today to users in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela, before expanding to other markets in coming months.

"With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices," said Tom Mulcahy, Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite.

This major breakthrough by Facebook marks its latest effort to expand its reach in developing countries. The company has continued its campaign to connect the so-called "next billion" users in emerging markets.

This is behind the fact that Facebook Lite has come under criticism for violating net neutrality by seeking to lock new users into its own services.

Opting its goal to reach of that 'next billion users' last July, the social network announced that Messenger has more than 1 billion active users, a few months after the Facebook-owned WhatsApp reached the same milestone. 

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