Facebook Lite rolls out to developed markets, including US
Facebook’s Lite app will soon be available in United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.tech Updated: Mar 16, 2018 11:58 IST
Facebook on Thursday said it will roll out the stripped down version of its social media platform, Facebook Lite, to more countries including developed ones, to attract users struggling with slower mobile data connections.
Facebook Lite, presently available in over 100 countries, was launched in 2015 targeting developing markets and designed to work in areas with slower or limited internet connections.
The new rollout will now be available to users in more countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.
“We’ve seen that even in some developed markets people can have lower connectivity, so we want to make sure everyone has the option to use this app if they want,” the company said.
The app will be available for download from Thursday.
Facebook’s Lite app has more than 200 million monthly active users. Apart a stripped down version of its main app, Facebook also a similar Lite version of its Messenger application. Messenger Lite retains the core features of the main application but is lighter in size and is aimed at working seamlessly on patchy internet connections. Recently, Messenger Lite added video calling support.