Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has officially unveiled the Lite app for the users of Android in the Philippines and India. The users will now be able to enjoy a real experience of the social network on slower 2G Internet connections.
After testing for almost 6 months in the emerging markets, Facebook has quietly introduced the Lite App in select nations early this month. The active users of the mobile version of Facebook in India are estimated at 114 million.
It is much faster when compared to the main app of Facebook. The servers of Facebook are optimized to load the content faster using Lite App on 2G networks.
The size of the Lite app is relatively smaller at 430 KB. Therefore, one can easily download this app to their mobiles on slower networks. It can be installed quickly on your Android. It supports ads, messaging and pushing the notifications. However, it has no support for videos as of now.
The users can now enjoy enhanced performance on 2G network with a simplified interface. It is quite good for users, who do not use Facebook heavily. It will neither consume your resources or slowdown the mobile. According to Facebook, the Lite App will be unveiled soon in Europe, Africa, and Latin America.
It will not put a dent on your pocket. The data usage is low and will not hit the data cap. The users, who are facing the challenges of a sluggish network, will benefit from the Lite App to a great extent.
One can download the Facebook Lite App from Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL)’s Play Store. It boasts a look similar to old Android Apps but also has a modern flavor. It is modified to suit the low resolution and smaller displays.
According to the Product Manager, Vijay Shankar at Facebook, the users in the regions where network speed is low can enjoy a social media experience.
Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer at Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), announced earlier this year that internet.org will help to establish a connection with 4.5 billion people even without the Internet.