Facebook Messenger Lite Hits 50 Million Downloads

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Keeping in touch with your friends and family is now easy as ever, thanks to the wonders of IM or Instant Messaging. As opposed to an SMS where each message costs you “x” amount of money and also takes time to be delivered, IM apps operate using mobile data, and therefore are only subject to data rates. In addition, messages sent over IM platforms are immediate and are extremely cost effective when compared to traditional messages.

Meet Facebook Messenger

Facebook’s Messenger platform is one such IM that we use on a daily basis. Over the years, Facebook Messenger has evolved into a lot more than being just a messaging platform. You can use it to advertise your products and services, answer questions from customers, send and receive money, make group video calls, and even play games. It can even merge your text messages to your facebook messages to offer you one hub to keep all your messages in place. But what if you don’t have access to the Internet or the area that you’re in has internet connections that are spotty and unreliable?

Facebook Messenger Lite
Facebook Messenger
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Along came Facebook Messenger Lite

Well, that’s where Facebook’s Messenger Lite comes into play. Aimed at areas where cell coverage is unreliable or high-speed mobile data is unavailable, Facebook’s Messenger Lite is also intended for devices that are on the lower end of the price spectrum. In fact, the app just takes 5MB of storage space and will work on almost all Internet-enabled smartphones and tablets running Android 2.3 Gingerbread and later.

Facebook Messenger Lite
The Main interface of Messenger Lite
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This is especially useful for countries such as India where there is a huge demand for reliable mobile messaging services. In fact, just six weeks after Messenger Lite was released to India, the app surpassed 50 Million Downloads on the Google Play Store. In case you didn’t know, India is the second largest smartphone market in the world. Facebook has yet to comment on this achievement but it’s likely that the launch of Messenger Lite in India is what caused this milestone to be achieved. Adding to this, Messenger Lite is following the trail of its parent app Facebook Lite, which again is aimed at low end devices and currently holds over half a billion downloads worldwide to its name.

What’s different with Messenger Lite?

If you haven’t used Messenger Lite before, you can do so by downloading the app from here. It  looks a lot like the initial versions of Facebook Messenger which focused primarily on individual and group chats. As such, features such as Messenger Day, and other social media features are not present in Messenger Lite. Then again, it is the barebones version of Facebook Messenger, so as long as you can keep in touch with people, that’s pretty much all that is needed. However, Facebook has added some cool feature to Messenger Lite such as support for voice calls.

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