Facebook today launched Facebook Lite app in India. The app was originally announced in January but is now accessible in the country to provide social network access on low-speed, 2G networks.
As its name suggests, Facebook Lite is a lighter version of the original Facebook for Android and is claimed to have a “much lower data usage” as well as works on all Android device. The app is especially designed for users who still have 2G networks with low bandwidth.
Unlike the original Facebook app on Android platform, Facebook Lite provides limited access to the social network as there is so far no support for streaming videos. The app provides Facebook’s News Feed and some core features of the social network like messaging and notifications.
Facebook considers that the launch of Facebook Lite will widen its access in India as over 80 percent of the users have 2G connectivity in the country. Moreover, it would help the company to expand its current user base of over 125 million monthly active Indian users.
The app has a sleek interface that does not put much burden on hardware and consumes just 430 KB of the internal storage. Facebook says that the app uses servers to render images and text on mobile devices and thus result a faster experience on low-end Android devices.
Facebook Lite is available for free download through Google Play Store and is compatible with the devices running on Android 2.2 (Froyo) or above. Although it is initially accessible in a handful of countries including India and Philippines, the company is set to provide its access in other markets in the coming months.