After a long wait, Facebook’s lite version of Messenger has finally hit the Indian market. The company on Thursday rolled out the Facebook Messenger Lite in the country, an app which is aimed in emerging markets where mobile internet connections are slower.
The lightweight, simple version of the Messenger app will be useful to those users who have entry-level or low-budget Android smartphones. The Messenger Lite app carries a file size of just 10MB and is now available for download on Android via Google Play.
The lightweight version offers most of the features that are prevalent in the regular Messenger app. With the Facebook Messenger Lite users can send text messages, photos, links, emojis, and stickers. While voice calling is gaining popularity among youngsters, Facebook has added an ‘active now’ indicator to this new app to deliver voice calling support. Moreover, the app will also let users to view, remove and add members to group. Messenger Lite was earlier rolled out in Vietnam, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. This app will certainly be a useful means for users who still struggle to connect with their groups due to low bandwidth situations.
Notably, Messenger Lite is not the first lightweight app to be rolled out in India. Back in 2015, Facebook unveiled the Facebook Lite app for Android users in the country. The app which also aimed at low-end Android smartphone users marked its way to over ‘130 countries’ in April this year. Facebook in February announced that Facebook Lite app had crossed 200 million users ‘mark’.