Facebook, Messenger Lite spreading to developing countries

Messenger Lite is now available in 130 countries as of now

While Facebook and Facebook Messenger apps are widely popular across the globe, they can still be a bit resource-heavy when it comes to the developing countries, as those nations still use the less powerful devices or have low data bandwidth conditions. To address this problem and keep the inflow of users, Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite are being rolled out to more and more regions. Messenger Lite is available in 130 countries as of now.

Facebook started the Lite initiative to fulfill its aim of "making sure that everyone can have a great experience with Messenger irrespective of the age of their smartphone." Germany, Colombia, Italy, Vietnam, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan, India and the Netherlands are among the countries where the app is now available.

Both the Lite versions of the apps are exclusively designed for Android and also for the devices with low memory and less powerful processors. To do this, the Lite versions do not have some features of the original Facebook and Messenger app that consumes a lot of data, such as, Messenger Day, photo filters, and integrations with third-party apps. To add to that, Messenger Lite's installation file is also quite small and can be downloaded quickly and the app will continue to work on 2G networks, plus it can run on versions of Android as far back as 2.3 Gingerbread.

However, the basic tasks like texting, stickers and photo and link sharing can be done via these apps just like the original ones, even when the network conditions are unstable.