Facebook Lite: the slimmed-down, faster alternative to the full app

26.09.2015 1652

Facebook released new version of Facebook for Android that uses less data and works well across all network conditions - Facebook Lite.

This app is an optimized version for low-end Android devices, it also works well with 2G connections and in areas with low internet connection.

More than a billion people around the world access Facebook from a range of mobile devices on varying networks. In many areas, like Africa network can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Facebook for Android.

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While mobile market in Africa is growing with more users switching from basic cell phones to smartphones and Facebook recently announced more than 15 million monthly active users in Nigeria - giving people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum.

An official Facebook app takes up roughly 30MB of storages and requires users to message each other through a separate app - Facebook Messenger, while the Facebook Lite is just about 400KB and has a messenger built-in. While the experience and design is very basic, the lighter version supports all core functions of the social network, such as news feed, status updates, photos, messenger, notifications, and others. However, it does not support videos and there is no in-built browser.

Additionally, Facebook Lite doesn’t preload photos in the way that Facebook does. Instead, it downloads low-res versions of photos that you can scroll through in your timeline, and if you actually tap on one, then it will download the higher resolution version.

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Despite the compromises it can be downloaded in seconds for cheap on even slow 2G connections it is a blessing for those who are on 2G networks or want save data. Facebook users who are on 3G can keep the Lite version to back up their Facebook needs during poor speeds.

Facebook Lite is simple and tiny. It's fast and consumes less data. These are enough reasons for you to try it.

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