Facebook Lite Gets Speed, Reliability Improvements; Now Has Over 200 Million Users



This week, the app crossed 200 million users mark, registering a 100 percent increase from March previous year.

In many areas, networks can be slow or unable to run the functionality found in Facebook for Android, so Facebook Lite gives people a better Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum.

"Lite" has also proven to be a boon to small businesses, according to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Facebook said Wednesday that Facebook Lite, a lightweight version of the regular Facebook app for mobile phones, has doubled its number of users in less than a year and now serves more than 200 million monthly active users globally.

Facebook Lite now has over 200 million users, announced Facebook today.

Facebook Lite supports more than 50 languages and has an install size of less than 1MB. The app made for low-end Android smartphones operates Facebook on low bandwith with compact features from the main app. It tried bringing features of the native app such as News Feed, status updates, push notifications, and camera/photo integration, while still being lightweight.

This rollout included South Africa in January 2015, with Facebook's Messenger Lite app also penetrating the likes of Kenya and Tunisia a year ago.

More than 100 people make up the team at Facebook's Engineering Office in Israel, the statement said.

She added, "In several countries around the world, many people are mobile first or mobile only - and that includes business owners".

The tech world saw the birth of Facebook Lite in June 2015. But gradually the app was rolled out in other parts of the globe as well.

It allowed anyone to use the social media platform especially designed for 2G networks and despite being in a location with pretty bad Internet connection. Now it has done the same again to reach 200 million users under a year.

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