Surfing Facebook with Drowsy Data Speeds? Here’s Facebook Lite for You

July 10, 2015, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Looks like Mark Zuckerberg has soft spots for the developing markets, especially India.

Following the launch of the across the globe, Facebook is now bringing on the next initiative to boost the social networking usage among users from the internet-weak regions.

Known officially as the Facebook Lite, the app is designed to be a less-beefy social networking affair and is headed towards the emerging markets, starting from India and Philippines.


The app, with an interface similar to that of the old Symbian app, will provide a lighter version of mobile Facebook, and will come handy for usage when hanging up in areas of poor data connections or 2G connections.

The app is now available for download on all Android devices that runs version 2.2 and up. Using just half the data engulfed in normal usage, the app will have access to the common services with Facebook like status updates, notifications, and News Feed.

However, Facebook Lite won’t be supporting videos and location services. It does support photo updates though.

Currently the app can be accessed from countries spread across Asia, and will soon be heading out to the nations of Latin America, Africa, and to the emerging markets in Europe.

It sure won’t be heading out to the developed markets –  doesn’t make any sense after all.

Currently, more than 100 million users of the global 800 million Facebook user base are in India.

As of their estimates from January, it stands at 112 million, of which around 99 million get access to the social platform through their smartphones.

It was following this estimate  that they introduced the services, which offered free surfing on Facebook and other select sites.

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