Facebook brings data plan-saving Messenger Lite to U.S. Androids

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Facebook’s data-conserving model of Messenger is now not only for establishing international locations with sluggish networks. Now the Messenger Lite Android app is increasing to america. Canada, UK, and Eire after up to now being to be had in over 100 mostly-developing nations. Messenger Lite packs many of the crucial options of the app, however skips such things as Messenger Day and selfie lenses that may drain data. There’s nonetheless no plan for an iOS model, despite the fact that.

Up to now, Messenger Lite used to be essentially for customers in spaces with vulnerable bandwidth so the app would run quicker. However now its enlargement into Facebook’s best advanced international markets makes it a device for penny-pinching customers like youngsters who need to steer clear of burning away their dear megabytes however nonetheless keep involved.

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“We’re excited to bring Messenger Lite to Android users in 4 new markets including Canada, Ireland, the UK and the US” a Facebook spokesperson instructed TechCrunch. “Messenger Lite is a slimmed-down version of Messenger that offers the core features of the app, while giving everyone the opportunity to stay connected to their friends and family, regardless of device or quality of Internet connectivity.”

Facebook first introduced Messenger Lite in October 2016 in 5 nations sooner than its close to international enlargement in April when it hit 200 million customers. The brand new rollout may lend a hand Facebook draw in extra teenagers to Messenger, each conventional and Lite. That’s as a result of if downloading Lite makes them reply to extra messages extra briefly, it thereby encourages pals to stick to Messenger as a substitute of defaulting again to SMS or iMessage, or straying to Snapchat.

Messenger Lite

The establishing international has confirmed a problem for Snapchat. Its video-heavy app doesn’t carry out neatly in low-bandwidth stipulations. And the place there are pals who can’t use an app, other folks finally end up switching to one they may be able to. For Messenger to stay increasing past its present 1.three billion customers, it wishes to do the entirety it may to be maximally available.

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Regardless that it can be tougher to monetize Messenger Lite customers, it’s price it for Facebook since chat is the middle of the cellular use case. If it may stay other folks on Messenger, it’s much more likely to retain them in the remainder of its circle of relatives of apps.