By Scott Davis
Facebook has released Messenger Lite, a new standalone version of Messenger for Android, to be used on simpler devices and slow networks. “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. 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,” Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite Tom Mulcahy wrote on the company’s official blog.
The new app has the same bolt logo, but with reversed colors as in Messenger – the bolt is blue and the chat bubble is white. It just under 10 MB, which is substantially less than the full-fledged Facebook Messenger (around 50 MB) and also less than most of the popular messaging apps. Messenger Lite is essentially a slimmed down version of Messenger with the same main features, such as sending and receiving texts, photos, emoji and links. And users will still be able to receive stickers send from Messenger.
Messenger Lite initially rolls out in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela on Android, while the company promised to make it available in other countries ‘in the coming months’.