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.