Lite Facebook App

Lite Facebook App, Early this early morning, Facebook published a new, slendered down variation of their app called Facebook Lite to the Google Play Store. Focused on low-end gadgets in emerging markets where cellular data is a little slower, we need to admit, we were plenty delighted at the possibility of a 2G-friendly version of the usually puffed up Facebook app.

Lite Facebook App


Quickly after setup, our optimism was consulted with cold hard truth-- this app was little more than a wrapper for the mobile web view (ie, it's nearly similar to going to m.facebook.com). Okay, so there are some crucial differences. There's no videos (like, at all) and unlike opening Facebook in your phone's web internet browser, Facebook Lite will supply you with push notifications on your Android device, helpful if you're waiting on an important message and wish to keep up with friends without needing to revitalize the internet browser.

The trade off? Facebook Lite-- which is promoted as less than 1MB (252KB), but actually used up 1.16 MB after installation-- requests a reasonable quantity of authorizations from your Android gadget, just like the complete fledged 114MB (after installation) routine version of the app (just without the location information). Oh, did we mention it's sluggish?



Even on WiFi, the app is sluggish to load, slow to scroll, and slow to change between News Feed, your messages, and notifications. Even with a high-end Snapdragon 801 equipped Android device, the "app" straight up seems like molasses. However as we pointed out, you do get direct access to your messages without needing to set up Facebook Messenger, so there's that.

We believe Facebook actually had something here and were really expecting a quicker, lighter, less feature heavy, Facebook app for those of who don't require all the frill of sticker shops and so on. Sadly, Facebook Lite really just does not cut it.

Facebook Lite is presently offered for all Android 2.2+ devices in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, or Zimbabwe by means of the Play Store. Those living somewhere else who 'd still want to offer it a shot, you can download it from us via the link listed below.

Download: Facebook Lite for Android

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