Facebook deploying Messenger Lite in Kenya and Tunisia
7 October 2016
Facebook has launched its Messenger Lite app, aimed at “markets with slower than average internet speeds and a prevalence of basic Android smartphones”.
The initial roll-out will see the app launch in Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia and Venezuela, with new markets following “in the coming months”.
The low-spec version of the social media firm’s messaging app is under 10MB in size, meaning that it installs and boots up quickly. It includes fundamental features of Facebook’s standard Messenger app, such as sending and receiving photos and links.
According to Facebook’s data, around 1 billion people use the Messenger app every month. Facebook aims to increase this number by extending the service to customers “regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices”.