Facebook launches Facebook Lite, a new and lightweight Android app

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Facebook is obviously something that many people use all day long, constantly checking their news feeds and posting all kinds of weird and wonderful updates. But the app isn’t exactly lightweight, in fact it’s one of the biggest battery hogs (at least on my phone).

Facebook Lite for emerging markets

In emerging markets like parts of Asia and Africa, where people tend to have low to mid powered phones, that’s a big drain on the battery too, plus the fact that it’s slow to load all that content if you don’t have a high speed mobile network. So to counter that Facebook has just launched Facebook Lite, which will remove lots of the ‘frills’.

Built for Android, Facebook Lite includes the ‘core’ experiences, such as status updates, photos, notifications and the news feed. And at less than a megabyte in size, it should also load and update very quickly.

Facebook Lite on PhoneThe company says that Facebook Lite was developed for places with slow connectivity:

More than a billion people around the world access Facebook from a range of mobile devices on varying networks. In many areas, networks can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Facebook for Android. Facebook Lite was built for these situations, giving people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum.

The new app is rolling out today to parts of Asia (we’re not sure yet if this includes Thailand) and will also land in Latin America, Africa and Europe in the next few weeks.

Do you use Facebook all day? Is it a battery and performance hog on your phone? In that case you might like to check out Facebook Lite, and let us know how you get on…

SOURCE: Facebook.

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