Facebook brings data plan-saving Messenger Lite to US Androids


But while some users get some good mileage out of additions to Messenger, others find the upgrades to be mere fluff.

The application has 50+ million downloads now, showing that it has been a hit in the countries it launched. It's a lot more data-friendly than the standard version of Facebook Messenger and has become popular among those who are using older smartphones with less available storage and limited processors or those with slow internet speeds. Originally, Messenger Lite rolled out to 5 countries when it launched in 2016.

Facebook released Lite version an year ago.

Facebook's apps are infamous for the amount of data and battery they soak up, which has led to some people ditching the social network's ever-growing suite of apps.

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Messenger Lite does not have the additional features that Facebook has on the full app like video/voice calls, GIFs, Spotify and Lyft extensions and Chat Heads, but the sheer speed and low-data use more than make up for it in the eyes of stateside Android users. 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.

As such, Facebook made Messenger Lite a while back.

The Messenger Lite app uses simple and minimal visuals - which ensures that the app isn't heavy on graphics.

Facebook's main app also has a Lite version since 2015 with its user base swelling to 200 million in February this year. And surely, the appearance of a data-friendly app will surely appeal to such people. This is one of the core reasons that stimulated the introduction of Messenger Lite. The app is now available to download from the Google Play store in the UK, Ireland, Canada and the US.