Facebook Messenger Lite was launched for Android late last year. The lightweight app is meant to provide the Messenger experience to more users across the globe irrespective of how old their smartphone is. Facebook says that enabling those users to access Messenger is very important to the company. Back then it had only made Messenger Lite available to a handful of countries. Facebook today confirmed that Messenger Lite is now available in more than 150 countries across the globe.
It’s evident from the app’s name that this is a lightweight version of the Messenger app. Given Android’s penchant for fragmentation, there are countless devices out there that may not have the hardware required to run the main Messenger app.
To ensure that users with such smartphones aren’t deprived of the Messenger experience, Facebook came up with Messenger Lite. This app requires less processing power and memory to function. It even requires less data than the main app.
Messenger Lite’s reach is being expanded today. David Marcus, the product manager for Messenger, confirmed on Facebook that Messenger Lite is now available in 150 additional countries including Germany, Colombia, Italy, Vietnam, Algeria, Morocco, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Japan, Taiwan and the Netherlands.
Since this is a lightweight version of the main app, several features like Messenger Day, enhanced camera effects, and more are predictably missing. However, it does allow users to keep in touch with friends and family which is what many people use Messenger for in the first place.
Messenger Lite is now available for download from the Google Play Store.