On Thursday Facebook officially launched its lighter version Facebook Lite for Android. This is the lean version of Facebook with basic Facebook features. Facebook Lite is much faster, reliable and consumes less data. Facebook Lite is specifically designed for developing countries. This version of Facebook will be helpful for users living in areas where cellular data is very expensive, have poor cellular network coverage or spotted cellular data. Facebook Lite is initially being launched in Asia and will later roll out in Africa, Latin America and Europe.
Vijay Shankar, Facebook Lite, Project Manager, explains in a blog post:
“More than a 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.”
The total size of the app is just 1 MB which is almost 1 percent of the size of regular Facebook social app. The features in the Facebook Lite includes browsing the news feed, users can view photos, post their status updates and can receive push notifications. While features like videos and Near By friends will not be supported in Facebook Lite.
The response from the people to the Facebook Lite is amazing. App reviews suggest people want it in their countries. Facebook Lite has more than four stars and 50,000 reviews on Google Play Store.
Earlier this year, Facebook also launched internet.org to give free internet access to people living in developing countries. Facebook also launched the internet.org in Pakistan in collaboration with Telenor. Pakistan is 7th country receiving the internet.org facility.