In developing countries, slow internet connections are a big problem for the users who installed messaging applications to keep in touch with their friends. Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular applications, but to work without interruptions, it requires a strong internet connection. However, there is a faster alternative called Facebook Lite, which consumes less data and it’s bundled with features.
Facebook created a “Lite” version which works in all network conditions, being less than 1MB and having almost all of the important features of the original Facebook Messenger app. It can be installed on Android phones running on 2G networks, which are very unstable or slow in certain areas.
Facebook Lite is a free application which allows its users to send messages to their friends, to create or join group conversations, to be notified when their friends are commenting or liking their posts and they can share updates and photos
The new app will be less than 1MB in size, and includes the News Feed, status updates, photos, notifications and other bits and pieces familiar to users of the social network. The reason why the standard Facebook Android application consumes so much data is because it auto-plays videos and has an image-rich News Feed which require a lot of mobile data and if the internet connection is poor, the application “chokes” and runs in slow motion. That’s why Facebook Lite is a better option, because it’s lighter on data, no matter how bad is the internet connection. There are 1 billion people from all over the world registered to Facebook and 600 million of them are using Facebook Messenger. “In many areas, networks can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Facebook for Android. Facebook Lite was built for these situations, giving people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum,” wrote Facebook Product Manager Vijay Shankar on the company’s blog.
So, if you want to install Facebook Lite on your Android device, you must run at least version 2.2 and you can download the file from the Google Play Store.