Facebook rolls out Messenger Lite for emerging markets

Facebook introduced a lightweight version of its Android app earlier this year, and the social network is now doing the same for its messaging platform. Messenger Lite is designed to work on basic Android phones with limited memory and processing power, and in areas with slow internet connectivity.

Much like Facebook Lite, the goal with the barebones Messenger Lite is to get people in developing countries communicate with ease. The app comes in at 10MB, and lets people text and share photos and links over 2G connections. Users can view stickers, but there's no option to send or download stickers. Messenger's more advanced features, like chatbots, are missing from this version.

The app will debut in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, and will make its way to other countries at a later date. The app isn't live yet on the Play Store, but it should be available for download in the afrementioned markets later today.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.

  • I bet there's a lot of people in the rest of the world who would rather use the lite version.
  • +1 the bloated mess that we have now I'd replace in a second
  • I'm sure it'll be on APK Mirror just like Facebook Lite is
  • Yep
  • Bingo. I'm gonna have to head over to APK Mirror to see if those exist. The "heavy" one takes up hundreds of thousands of MB RAM wise.
  • I've been waiting with baited breath for Facebook lite to hit Australia but I don't think it's gonna happen :/
  • I like this strategy of having both the "full" and "lite" services where users of either version can talk to each other, rather than split users between Hangouts or Allo, with no communication between those two apps.
  • No India debut :(
  • We need it in Europe, not everyone has a 32G+ of memory on his phone
  • I uninstalled both FB and Messenger. I really hate how FB shoved Messenger down our throats. When using Chrome on my phone I "Request desktop site" in the Chrome menu and I am allowed to see FB messages.
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