Facebook has got a new app in testing, which is specifically designed using low-end Android devices. Named ‘Facebook Lite’, the main idea behind the new standalone app from Facebook is to make users able to use Facebook by consuming less data and to make it work in all network conditions.
The size of the app is impressively 252 KB and it is also compatible for Android devices that run on Android version 2.2 and higher. TechCrunch has reported that the app is currently made available to eight of the Asian and African countries – Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
The app is very similar to the simplified mobile web version of Facebook which was launched in 2009, and uses technology from the 2011 acquired Snaptu, but concentrates on providing more features such as push notifications, camera options and more, thereby making it a further more enjoyable usage.
It is analysed that the idea behind Facebook launching this app is that it wants to promote itself in emerging markets, where majority of the smartphone users use low-end Android devices with poor quality internet connection.
It is still unsure if Facebook wants to expand Facebook Lite to the rest of the world as that depends on the satisfaction of the users. It could also be that, the app could be silently removed from the Store if there is no response that reaches the expectations. So far, the reviews of this app on Google Play Store and twitter have been quite decent and the users seemed to be impressed with the app using less data and working good with poor quality internet connection.
Download Facebook Lite from Google Play Store, if you are among the users of one of the aforementioned countries.
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