Facebook has launched another app. Shocking, we know.
But this new app isn't a standalone app for a buried Facebook feature. It's a new Facebook app, designed specifically for emerging markets. Called Facebook Lite, it takes up just 252KB of space on a smartphone and is designed to run efficiently on 2G networks.
The app is only available for Android phones, but Facebook is promising it'll use less data and function well despite network speeds. People with lower-end Android devices and limited storage will find the app most useful, and they'll still be able to use many iconic Facebook features.
They can send messages or join group chats through the built-in Messenger feature. They can share status updates and photos, get notifications, and essentially use Facebook just like they would on the web. As you can see from the screenshots, the app doesn't look too bad either.
Facebook Lite is now available in Bangladesh, Vietnam, Nigeria, Nepal, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe. It's not available in the US or the UK. Facebook said the free app is still being tested.