Facebook Messenger ‘slims down’ for old phones


Facebook has announced a “slimmed down” version of its Messenger app for countries where older smartphones and slower net speeds are more common.

The company said Messenger Lite had the “core features” of the full app such as the ability to share text and photos.

The app will compete with Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which the company says is used by more than a billion people.

One analyst said offering a stripped-back service for developing markets would “drive adoption of services”.

The company has slimmed the Messenger Lite app down to under 10MB, so it takes up less space on smartphones with limited storage.

That is up to 95% smaller than the full-size Messenger app, which case top 150MB on Android devices.

The Lite app will be released for Android devices in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela first.

Read more: BBC

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