Facebook Lite App

Facebook Lite App, Early today, Facebook published a new, slimmed down version of their app dubbed Facebook Lite to the Google Play Store. Targeted at low-end gadgets in emerging markets where cellular data is a little slower, we have to confess, we were plenty delighted at the possibility of a 2G-friendly variation of the usually bloated Facebook app.

Facebook Lite App

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 visiting m.facebook.com). Okay, so there are some crucial differences. There's no videos (like, at all) and unlike opening Facebook in your phone's web internet browser, Facebook Lite will provide you with push notices on your Android device, handy if you're waiting on an essential message and wish to stay up to date with pals without needing to revitalize the web browser.

The trade off? Facebook Lite-- which is promoted as less than 1MB (252KB), but in fact used up 1.16 MB after setup-- demands a fair quantity of approvals from your Android gadget, just like the full fledged 114MB (after installation) regular version of the app (only without the area data). Oh, did we discuss it's sluggish?

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

We believe Facebook actually had something here and were actually hoping for a quicker, lighter, less function heavy, Facebook app for those of who don't require all the frill of sticker stores and the like. Sadly, Facebook Lite really simply does not 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 by means of the Play Store. Those living somewhere else who 'd still like to give it a try, you can download it from us via the link listed below.

Download: Facebook Lite for Android

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