In a bid to ensure people stay connected to their friends and family irregardless of the speed of their Internet connection, Facebook has announced the launch of Messenger Lite.
Although a trimmed down version, Messenger Lite for Android comes with all the awesomeness of its bigger brother, Messenger.
With Messenger Lite, you can still easily send text, photos and links to anyone on both versions. It uses the same bolt logo as Messenger, but with colors reversed. The bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background.
Messenger Lite is under 10MB, and is specifically designed for emerging markets where Internet speed is slow and Android devices are commonplace.
“More than 1 billion people around the world use Messenger every month from a range of mobile devices on networks of various speeds and reliability,” said Tom Mulcahy, Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite
He added, “With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices. Messenger Lite was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to.”
Messenger Lite is starting to roll out to people in Kenya, Tunisia, and a few countries in LatAm and Asia, although it’s not on Google Play Store yet. Other countries will get it in the coming months.