Facebook Lite, the app developed by world’s largest social network and dedicated to entry level terminals and users with a limited data plan, has exceeded 200 million monthly active users after just two years since its debut.
Facebook Lite (caption: youtube)
The information was forwarded by the Chief Operations Officer of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg.
“Today we’re sharing that more than 200 million people are using FB Lite – our low bandwidth version of the Facebook app. We’re committed to connecting people with the things they care about – no matter their connection, device or where they live. In many areas, networks can be slow and unable to support all the functions available on Facebook. FB Lite gives people access to core Facebook experiences like News Feed more quickly and while consuming less data.
In several countries around the world, many people are mobile first or mobile only – and that includes business owners. FB Lite is helping business owners grow and reach customers on mobile even when bandwidth is at a minimum. For example, Sao Paulo-based wedding photographer Altiery Monteiro started using FB Lite to use less data and save money. He soon found that FB Lite sped up the time it took him to upload photos from his mobile device. This was significant for Alriery whose business E29 Foto e Vídeo depends on being able to showcase his work, but also has him constantly on-the-go. He says 30% of his clients come directly through his Facebook Page – something he can now maintain wherever he is using FB Lite,” wrote Sandberg in a post.
The low-bandwidth Lite app was launched in January 2015 and is very much alike Facebook’s main mobile version. However, the application has native support for notifications in the Android operating system.
Facebook Lite has about 2 MB when installed and is compatible with Android 2.3 Gingerbread or any later version.
Although Facebook claims that Lite is the “fastest application” of its portfolio, many users complain in Google Play’s comments section, that the app shows errors and does not work very fast.
However, Facebool Lite has a good rating (four stars out of five possible) in the virtual app store, thus revealing that most people who use it are satisfied with its performance.