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Facebook’s Messenger Lite expands to 132 more countries
From text-only Facebook Zero project to the latest Project Aquila, Facebook has been stating regularly that their first priority is to reach out to the developing world.
Therefore, there was always surprise that when the company announced Facebook Lite and Messenger Lite, which has the functionality to provide you stripped down, low-bandwidth version of Facebook and Messenger.
Previously, in last month the company has revealed in five countries and now the company has decided to reveal Messenger lite to another 132 countries.
Today, Head of Facebook Messenger David Marcus has revealed major expansion in a status update and said that the Lite version is for phones which are having limited memory and processing power.
However, users can still chat using Messenger’s more than 1.2 billion users, but there will be a limited size for sharing text, photos, links and stickers. However, features like Messenger Day and Photo Filters will not be available in the Lite version.
However, the app itself has been designed to save data when having bad networks as well as consuming less memory. However, Messenger Lite may be competitive to its own WhatsApp, a messaging platform with fewest barriers.
The list of countries is as follows:
Germany, Colombia, Italy, Vietnam, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan and the Netherlands are all included in the new rollout, according to Marcus.
However, Messenger Lite is not available in following countries:
Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Sudan, UK, US and North Korea.
From the hardware perspective, Messenger Lite is now available on Android, however, few old operating system like Android 2.3 Gingerbread also supports Messenger Lite.