This isn’t the first time the company has tried appealing to emerging markets. Last year the company launched Facebook Lite which is a more basic version of Facebook, so Messenger Lite is essentially the same thing, except that it is the Messenger app that has been slimmed down.
According to Facebook, “Messenger Lite is a slimmed down version of Messenger that offers the core features of Messenger for markets with slower than average internet speeds and a prevalence of basic Android smartphones. With Messenger Lite, people are able to quickly and easily send text, photos and links to anyone using Messenger or Messenger Lite.”
The company is also advertising the fact that Messenger Lite is under 10MB, meaning that downloading it should be relatively fast. Also just because it is a slimmed down version of Messenger doesn’t mean it can’t do the same things. Users can expect to send and receive photos, stickers, links, and more. As for availability, Messenger Lite is currently rolling out in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela.