Facebook Messenger Lite launched in 2016 in other countries, has finally come to India.
The app is less than 10 MB in size, and saves memory space, as against the standard app, which takes up more than 30 MB; both of your internal storage and the data to download the app. The features are more or less the same where one can send photos and links along with emojis. This app looks like the Facebook Messenger app, except that it has a white logo, unlike the blue one on the standard app. It also allows the user to receive and place calls as well.
The light weight version becomes useful for markets and countries, which have lesser internet coverage as well as low data connectivity. The app should work well, especially in those areas where the only 2G networks are available. Since it had already been used in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, it was expected to arrive in India for quite some time now.
This app currently works only on Android, and even on versions as old as Android Gingerbread. With close to 10 million downloads globally, it may soon catch up with the Indian crowd as it has already been rated 4.4 out of 5 on Google Playstore.
According to earlier reports, Facebook was integrating the Messenger app into its desktop version, delivering the new messaging experience to the desktop users.