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Facebook Slims Down Messenger for Old Phones

By piranha

6th October 2016

This week, social media giant Facebook announced plans to release a “slimmed down” version of its Messenger app. This will be made available to people living in countries where old handsets and slow connection speeds are common.

Messenger Lite will have all of the key features of the Messenger service, meaning that users will still be able to send messages, photos, videos, stickers and web links on the platform.

One of the main problems with the current Messenger app is that older phones struggle to run it as they have less storage and are typically less powerful. Facebook hopes that by releasing a more compact version, they will be able to combat these problems.

In a blog post, the company said; “With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices. Messenger Lite was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to.”

“Messenger Lite is under 10MB, so it’s fast to install and quick to start up. It includes Messenger’s core experiences such as messaging, sending and receiving photos and links, and receiving stickers. Messenger Lite uses the same bolt logo as Messenger, but with colours reversed. The bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background.”

There is no set date for when the app will be fully rolled out but Facebook has said that it will be “in the coming months”. When it does eventually get released, Messenger Lite will initially be made available in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela.

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