Facebook App Lite

Facebook App Lite, Early today, Facebook published a brand-new, lost weight variation of their app called Facebook Lite to the Google Play Shop. Focused on low-end devices in emerging markets where cellular information is a little slower, we have to admit, we were plenty excited at the possibility of a 2G-friendly version of the typically bloated Facebook app.

Facebook App Lite

Not long after installation, our optimism was consulted with cold tough truth-- this app was little more than a wrapper for the mobile web view (ie, it's nearly identical to checking out 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 internet browser, Facebook Lite will offer you with push alerts on your Android device, useful if you're waiting for a crucial message and want to keep up with pals without having to revitalize the web browser.

The trade off? Facebook Lite-- which is promoted as less than 1MB (252KB), however really took up 1.16 MB after installation-- requests a reasonable amount of permissions from your Android gadget, just like the complete fledged 114MB (after setup) routine version of the app (just without the location data). Oh, did we mention it's sluggish?

Even on WiFi, the app is slow to load, slow to scroll, and slow to switch in between News Feed, your messages, and alerts. Even with a high-end Snapdragon 801 equipped Android device, the "app" straight up feels 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 really had something here and were really hoping for a quicker, lighter, less feature heavy, Facebook app for those of who do not require all the frill of sticker stores and so forth. Sadly, Facebook Lite actually just doesn't cut it.

Facebook Lite is presently available for all Android 2.2+ gadgets in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, or Zimbabwe by means of the Play Shop. Those living in other places who had actually still prefer to give it a shot, you can download it from us by means of the link below.

Download: Facebook Lite for Android

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