Facebook Lite App

Facebook Lite App, Early this morning, Facebook uploaded a new, lost weight version of their app dubbed Facebook Lite to the Google Play Shop. Aimed at 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 variation of the generally puffed up Facebook app.

Facebook Lite App

Right after setup, our optimism was met cold hard truth-- this app was little more than a wrapper for the mobile web view (ie, it's nearly identical to checking out m.facebook.com). Okay, so there are some key differences. There's no videos (like, at all) and unlike opening Facebook in your phone's web internet browser, Facebook Lite will offer you with push notices on your Android device, useful if you're waiting for a crucial message and want to stay up to date with friends without having to revitalize the web browser.

The trade off? Facebook Lite-- which is promoted as less than 1MB (252KB), however in fact took up 1.16 MB after installation-- demands a reasonable amount of consents from your Android device, comparable to the full fledged 114MB (after setup) regular variation of the app (only without the area data). Oh, did we discuss it's slow?

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

We believe Facebook truly had something here and were actually hoping for a quicker, lighter, less function heavy, Facebook app for those of who do not need all the frill of sticker label stores and so on. Unfortunately, Facebook Lite actually just doesn't cut it.

Facebook Lite is currently offered for all Android 2.2+ gadgets in Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, or Zimbabwe through the Play Shop. Those living in other places who had actually still want to provide it a shot, you can download it from us by means of the link listed below.

Download: Facebook Lite for Android

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