Facebook announces Messenger Lite, a new app made for low-end devices

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Facebook has become the king of social media over the years with over a billion users. As the company’s dominance has increased many users have turned to Facebook Messenger as their IM client of choice. However, many users live in developing countries and use low-end or older Android devices with low bandwidth connections to access the service. This can lead to a less than optimal experience on these devices.

Today, the company announced Messenger Lite to meet the needs of users with low bandwidth connections. David Marcus, head of Messenger at Facebook, touted it as “a lightweight and basic version of Messenger” designed for low-end devices running on slower connections. The app will initially launch in Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Venezuela. More countries will be added in the future.

Many of us in the US and Europe have access to flagship devices that we tend to take for granted. It’s often easy to forget that while over 85% of the world used Android devices, much of that percentage uses low-end Android devices. It’s nice to see that a big company like Facebook is addressing these needs.

Are you a Facebook Messenger user on a low-end device? Are you looking forward to this app? Feel free to leave a comment below.

SOURCE [David Marcus on Facebook]

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