Lite Facebook

Lite Facebook, Early today, Facebook published a new, lost weight variation of their app dubbed Facebook Lite to the Google Play Shop. Intended at low-end devices in emerging markets where cellular data is a little slower, we need to confess, we were plenty thrilled at the possibility of a 2G-friendly version of the generally bloated Facebook app.

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Right after setup, our optimism was met cold hard reality-- this app was little bit more than a wrapper for the mobile web view (ie, it's nearly similar to visiting m.facebook.com). Okay, so there are some essential distinctions. There's no videos (like, at all) and unlike opening Facebook in your phone's web browser, Facebook Lite will provide you with push alerts on your Android device, helpful if you're waiting on an essential message and wish to stay up to date with friends without having to revitalize the browser.

The trade off? Facebook Lite-- which is advertised as less than 1MB (252KB), but really used up 1.16 MB after setup-- requests a fair amount of permissions from your Android gadget, comparable to the full fledged 114MB (after setup) regular variation of the app (only without the place data). Oh, did we discuss it's slow?



Even on WiFi, the app is sluggish to load, slow to scroll, and slow to change between News Feed, your messages, and notices. Even with a high-end Snapdragon 801 equipped Android device, the "app" straight up seems like molasses. But as we discussed, you do get direct access to your messages without needing to install Facebook Messenger, so there's that.

We think Facebook truly had something here and were really wishing for a quicker, lighter, less function heavy, Facebook app for those of who don't need all the frill of sticker stores and so on. Unfortunately, Facebook Lite actually simply doesn't cut it.

Facebook Lite is currently available for all Android 2.2+ gadgets in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, or Zimbabwe via the Play Shop. Those living in other places who 'd still like to give it a try, you can download it from us through the link below.

Download: Facebook Lite for Android

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