Facebook has finally launched a more streamlined and less memory and data hungry version of its Messenger app in the UK.
Messenger Lite is a cheaper and smaller version of the Messenger app that was initially created for countries with less communications infrastructure than the UK.
Facebook launched the stripped back, smaller version of Messenger in October 2016. It was initially only available in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela, but was expanded to a further 132 countries in April.
The app, which is currently only available on Android devices, was designed for areas with 2G signal or areas with slow or unstable internet connections. While it was initially created to attract users in countries where reliable data connections are scarce, it will work equally well to improve user experience in rural areas of the UK.
Messenger Lite is more streamlined than the default version, cutting out extra features that bloat the app. It removes the Games tab from the bottom and cuts out Mesenger Day, Facebook's functional clone of Snapchat Stories.
For users in the US, it also removes the Discover tab, as well as adverts and content marketing icons that let users connect with brands.
The redesigned app has proved popular with users, with many commentators having complained about the overwhelming number of functions now offered by Messenger, which has over two billion users.
My phone's battery life is much better now using the lite version of Facebook and Messenger.— Calvin (@calvindeee) October 9, 2017
Will it be available on iPhone?
Unfortunately, the UK's iPhone users will have to wait to switch to Messenger Lite. With Android smartphones dominant in markets such as India, the social media giant is yet to create an iOS version of the streamlined app. At this point, it is not clear if or when Facebook will release a version for Apple devices.
Source : http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/10/10/should-stop-using-facebooks-messenger-app-switch-lite/