Published: Wed, October 04, 2017
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Facebook Messenger's data saving Lite version rolls out worldwide

Facebook Messenger's data saving Lite version rolls out worldwide

Facebook Messenger has gotten to be a bloated mess.

Messenger Lite is a slimmed-down version of Messenger that lets people send text, photos and links but won't do video calls or use selfie lenses which typically drain battery. Nothing more, nothing less.

Facebook has rolled out its Messenger Lite app to users in US, UK, Canada and Ireland.

'We're excited to bring Messenger Lite to Android users in four new markets, including Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the USA,' a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch. But now its expansion into Facebook's top developed world markets makes it a tool for penny-pinching users like teenagers who want to avoid burning away their pricey megabytes but still stay in touch. The app has finally debuted in the US, UK, Canada and Ireland a year after it's launch.

The Messenger Lite was first launched in October, 2016 for Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela.

According to commentators, while the Messenger Lite helps people in places with sluggish mobile connectivity, users who would rather escape the snowballing features on the main app will also find it useful.

WhatsApp, the messaging app owned by Facebook but operated as a separate entity, is also popular in emerging markets.

Messenger emoji were introduced a little over a year ago as a way of unifying emoji between platforms, but Facebook is reverting to the emoji that the actual Facebook service uses for an unknown reason. The Lite version, however, measures just 10MB in size - which means it won't take up too much storage on your phone - and is watered-down as to not hog data each month. No explanation has been made by Facebook to publish IOS version of Lite or in such a study. One of the officials working with the company opined, "If you're annoyed by all that extra stuff on regular Messenger, the Lite version is for you".

Facebook Lite is an Android exclusive right now, and you can grab it over on Google Play.

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