The tech world saw the birth of Facebook Lite in June 2015. The app is essentially built as lighter variety of Facebook takes up less space with just 252Kb in size unlike regular version, perfect for devices that have a lot less RAM. More than 200 million monthly active users reportedly have the application installed.
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. The app, which supports 56 languages is made available in more than 150 countries through Latin America, Asia, Africa and parts of Europe while being especially popular in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the Philippines.
"We built a light version of Facebook for people with low bandwidth internet," says Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. "Now 200 million people use it to connect around the world. I loved hearing this news -- what a great start to the day," he added.
According to a statement from the company, it has been working hard to make sure FB Lite is fast and reliable, regardless of people connect. The app is kept simple to provide an easy and good user experience. Users can do the usual Facebook tasks such as liking, commenting and sharing posts. The app also allows users to initiate chat with friends, conduct group conversations and share photos. Facebook has also made sure that people who share devices will also be able to quickly log on and log off their accounts.
Facebook was also reportedly in talks with small carrier companies to fulfill Facebook's plan of providing free net especially to rural areas with low-income. This is in line with Facebook's goal to connect the whole world. Users who can't wait until free Internet access becomes finally available will have to settle with Facebook Lite for now.