Quota-friendly app from Facebook: Messenger Lite

Wednesday, 04 Oct, 2017

Nothing more, nothing less.

Facebook's data-conserving Messenger Lite chat app is expanding to the U.S., Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. Generally companies release slimmed down versions of their apps for markets that don't have an abundance of mobile data, meaning people in countries like India, for example, are still able to use those service.

Last year Facebook forced users to adopt Messenger if they want to send each other direct messages, instead of the main Facebook site or app. It was a stripped down version of the Facebook Messenger and it comes out without all the unwanted features such as games and other Messenger specific tools. While both apps have since proven to be very popular, that didn't stop the social media juggernaut from releasing a Lite version of its chat app late previous year, originally aimed at developing markets and low-end phones. The app has its own personal assistant, and now every time you open it you're also hit in the face with all your friend's Stories.

Still, Messenger Lite could appeal to a certain subset of users with limited financial resources to keep the Internet tap open, a.k.a. teens. There are no indications for an iOS version and Facebook has no plans to launch it. The app is under 10MB in size, and in use it should eat through less data than its non-Lite big brother.

Messenger Lite was initially intended for markets where Internet bandwidth remains a premium. The app is now available to download from the Google Play store in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the US. You could still make voice calls using Messenger Lite. Just like the regular one, it is also missing some aspects or features which quite a large number of people find useful.