Facebook addict? Worried about your 2G network? – Welcome Facebook Lite
Facebook’s standalone app termed ‘Facebook Lite’ — a simplified version of the mobile website for low-end Android devices in emerging markets has officially launched in India and the Philippines. The Facebook app has been specially designed to work in areas with 2G and poor quality internet connections.
The app is available in countries across Asia and will soon make its way to parts of Latin America, Africa and Europe, Vijay Shankar, product manager for Facebook Lite, said in an interview. In many of those countries, people still use 2G networks, which are much slower and have less power than 4G networks in developed nations.
“We want to offer people a choice so if there are limitations, they can still get the full Facebook experience,” Shankar said. “More than a billion people around the world access Facebook from a range of mobile devices on varying networks. In many areas, networks can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Facebook for Android. Facebook Lite was built for these situations, giving people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum,” he added.
Though a stripped down version of the standard Facebook app, the new app has a similar UI, its interface is quite similar to the original Facebook Android app, apart from a few design changes in icons along with a larger font size used. Images take a few seconds to load whilst being on the 2G network. Also, the app takes just a little while to start up but once you are logged in, you should not experience any problems.
The app lets users partake of the core experiences of Facebook, such as viewing and commenting on their News Feed, posting Status Updates, viewing and sharing photos, receiving notifications, messaging friends, having group conversations, and more. It does not support videos and advanced location services however.
The Facebook Lite app is now available for download via Google Play India. Weighing in at less than 1MB (435KB), the app is meant for Android devices running Android 2.2 Froyo or higher.
Facebook announced in January that, growing Internet penetration and a large youth population has helped it expand its user base in India to 112 million, which is the largest after the US. Of the 112 million users in India, more than 99 million users are using the platform on their mobile phones at least once a month.
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