+ Wednesday November 13th, 2019


The behemoth that is Facebook is making a bold move for users in more developed countries, announcing that they will be rolling their light version of Facebook – called Facebook Lite – out to more developed countries, including Australia.

First launched in 2015 after Facebook engineers took a trip to Africa to gauge how their app was faring in markets where data availability is a big concern. The app is a light version of the main app, which is often accused of being overly bloated.

Facebook Lite still contains many great features including the ability to Post all your status updates – including Emoji and photos, as well as connect with and find friends and family. The app still includes push notifications when your friends ‘Like’ or comment on a post and find local businesses and information.

In a statement to Reuters, Facebook said

We’ve seen that even in some developed markets people can have lower connectivity, so we want to make sure everyone has the option to use this app if they want.

Previously only available in developing markets, the Facebook Lite app is available to users on Google Play now in Australia, United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.

Facebook Lite
Facebook Lite
Developer: Facebook
Price: Free
Source: Google Play.
Via: Reuters.

Daniel Tyson  

Daniel Tyson

Daniel is a former editor of Ausdroid, and left in February 2019.

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Tibb So
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Tibb So

If you use Facebook as a Progressive Web App, wouldn’t that stop it’s spying?

Geoff Fieldew
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I’m glad to hear that it uses less data. For another enlightening experience have a look at the permissions for this app in the Play Store. FB are grabbing absolutely everything they can. I know this is nothing new but it kind of hits home when you see it listed in black and white!

I use an app called Friendly for FB that isn’t so invasive. I realise that means there are less features available but I’m happy with the trade off.

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ip

I use http://mbasic.facebook.com in my web browser.

Adam J
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Adam J

I deleted the app ages ago and find using the mobile site in Hermit is much less invasive of my time. Then again, I don’t do much FB posting.

Chris Rowland
Ausdroid Director

Now that’s something I’m going to look into. Hermit. Sounds like the answer to Life Invader (aka Facebook).

Adam J
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Adam J

The dev often posts free upgrade codes on his FB page.

EndlessTrail
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Hermit is excellent. I use it for other less frequently used sites with a mobile friendly webpage and if I don’t want to install another app on my phone.

Jack Bauer
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We should’ve had it ages ago.

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