Facebook rolls out super lightweight app for people on slow mobile networks

Facebook rolls out super lightweight app for people on slow mobile networks

Earlier his year, Facebook piloted a new, stripped-down version of its mobile app aimed directly at developing markets.

Called Facebook Lite, the app would allow people using phones that don’t have high-end specs and large batteries to connect to their network of friends. Today, Facebook Lite is getting an official rollout, landing first in Asia and later in parts of Africa, Latin America, and Europe.

The Facebook Lite app runs on Android, and is pared down to give people the absolute basics. Thus, it’s only 1MB, making it quick and easy to install. Data-heavy features like video and locations services are supported, but users will be able to receive push notifications and share pictures on the fly.

The app has also been optimized to take advantage of 2G networks and work in areas with a bad signal. Facebook has been pushing hard to get people in developing countries online (and using Facebook), perhaps most notably its experimental fleet of solar-powered internet drones.

Its most recent initiative, Internet.org, is designed to encourage developers to design online services for their countries. However, the company has so far endured criticism for how the initiative could stifle net neutrality and competition.
(PTI)

Related Post

This update will boost your iPhone battery by four hours
views 45
Apple gave fans their first glimpse of the new iOS 9 operating system at an event in San Francisco last night. The new OS is packed with features incl...
New app tells you what to take when you’re sick
views 47
Iodine.com, an online health information database designed to give users access to more information about medications and other healthcare choices, ha...
YouTube launches ‘Red’ paid subscription network
views 66
The subscription service is here, and it is called You Tube Red. YouTube Red, to be available only in the US for now, will offer content without any f...
Google launches new smart messaging app
views 70
WhatsApp maybe the world's most popular messaging app but it's facing some stiff competition. Earlier this week, Telegram announced it was allowing us...
World’s cheapest smartphone released, it only costs $3.50
views 65
Budget phones aren't anything new but this has to be the biggest bargains ever. The Freedom 251 is a ludicrously low priced device that will be hittin...

SHARE WHAT YOU THINK