+ Wednesday August 21st, 2019

TechCrunch reports today that Facebook-owned Instagram is testing a lite version of its app in Mexico ahead of a wider rollout later in the year.

Instagram Lite, which is officially listed on Google Play weighs in at just over half a MB (573kb), way smaller than the main app’s 32MB payload, making it ideal for devices with less storage, and is said to use less data than the main Instagram app. An Instagram spokesperson commented that the Lite app “takes up less space on your device, uses less data, and starts faster” – all good things.

The Lite app is missing a few of Instagram’s less core features like user-to-user direct messaging and the ability to post video. According to TechCrunch, that’s coming later this year.

While the app is currently only being trialed in Mexico, Facebook’s own Facebook Lite (itself a cut-down Facebook client) is available to Australians on Google Play, so we’ve no reason not to expect Instagram’s own Lite up to show up here eventually.

In the meantime, we’ll wait to see if the Instagram Lite APK turns up for download.

Source: TechCrunch.

Jason Murray   Assistant Editor

Jason Murray

Before discovering the Nexus One, Jason thought he didn't need a smartphone. Now he can't bear to be without his Android phone. Jason hails from Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane depending on his mood and how detailed a history you'd like. A web developer by day with an interest in consumer gadgets and electronics, he also enjoys reading comics and has a worryingly large collection of Transformers figures. He'd like to think he's a gamer, but his Wii has been in a box since he moved to Sydney, and his PlayStation Vita collection is quite lacking. Most mornings you'll find him tilting at various windmills on Twitter - follow @JM77 and say hi!

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