Facebook Lite App Launches

By David Cohen Comment


Facebook officially announced the launch of the Facebook Lite Android application that first emerged in January, saying that the app uses less data and works on all types of connections.

When Facebook Lite first appeared in the Google Play store on January, Facebook confirmed to CNBC that it was available in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nigeria, Nepal, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe.

Facebook said in its Newsroom post Thursday that the app is being rolled out “in countries across Asia,” with parts of Latin America, Africa and Europe to be added “over the coming weeks.”

In January, TechCrunch reported that the app requires just 252 kilobytes of storage, compared with 25 megabytes for the Facebook flagship app. Facebook said in its Newsroom post:

More than 1 billion people around the world access Facebook from a range of mobile devices on varying networks. 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.

Facebook Lite is less than 1 MB, so it is fast to install and quick to load. It includes Facebook’s core experiences like News Feed, status updates, photos, notifications and more.

Facebook launched a simplified version of its site, also under the Facebook Lite banner, in 2009, but that site was shuttered in April 2010.

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