Facebook Lite Now Being Used by 100 Monthly Million Active Users
Facebook recently achieved another milestone with its lightweight app, Facebook Lite, which reportedly reached 100 million monthly active users.
The app, which is less than 1MB in size, was coded with the goal of helping users living in countries with slow connections to download the app in a matter of seconds, and be socially connected with their friends in just a matter of minutes.
Facebook stated that statistically, at least 1.6 billion people still live in places where mobile broadband networks (e.g. 3G and 4G networks) are not widely available, which makes data access difficult. Furthermore, even if they did have mobile data connectivity, these countries may still face issues with stability and intermittent connectivity (much like how some mature telcos are still experiencing similar issues).
To reiterate, Facebook's Lite version of its popular app is optimized to work more efficiently on 2G networks, and to reduce the amount of data used when chatting and finding friends on it. In order for them to achieve this low bandwidth latency, Facebook had its engineers use specific tools, such as Augmented Traffic Control and Innovation Lab, to simulate 2G networks for testing their app in realistic conditions.
To keep a long story short: Facebook Lite's development and design is so efficient that even an older Android device, such as the Samsung Galaxy Y, which came out in 2009, was able to run the app without a hitch. With that said Facebook does recommend that Facebook Lite users run the app on Android devices that are, at the very least, on Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS for a more optimal experience.
Facebook Lite now has 100 million monthly active users around the world.