Facebook launches 'lite' version of Messenger overseas
NEW YORK - Facebook is launching a "lite" version of it Messenger chat app. It is aimed at emerging markets, where many people use older phones that don't have enough room to store or ability to run the full-featured application due to slower internet speeds or other issues.
Facebook said Monday "Messenger Lite" is launching on Android devices in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. The company did not say when it would be available in other countries or on Apple devices.
There is already a "Facebook Lite" available for people whose phones are too old or simple to run the full-fledged Facebook. Messenger Lite is a similarly slimmed-down version of Messenger. It will let people send text, photos and links but won't do video calls, for example.
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