Facebook has launched a new app called Messenger Lite that is specifically designed for entry-level Android devices with low memory. The “slimmed down version of Messenger” is ideal for users who live in areas where data connectivity is slow.
Messenger Lite gives users basic messaging functionality, allowing them to stay in touch with friends and family — even if their Android device has entry-level specifications, and their data connectivity isn’t great.
“With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices,” Tom Mulcahy, Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite, writes on the Facebook blog.
“Messenger Lite was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to.”
Users have the ability to send and receive messages, photos, links, and stickers — but that’s about all it can do. There is no voice calling or video chat, but the app weighs in at just under 10MB, making it quick and easy to download.
The app comes just over a year after the launch of Facebook Lite, a lightweight Facebook app that also gives users basic functionality and “Free Basics,” which lets them access certain websites for free without eating into their data allowance.
Messenger Lite goes live today in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela, and will be available in other countries in the coming months. It’s part of Facebook’s plan to reach the “next billion” users in emerging markets.