Face­book launches Mes­sen­ger Lite

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SUNBIZ -

SAN FRAN­CISCO: Face­book Inc launched a stripped down ver­sion of its pop­u­lar Mes­sen­ger app for emerg­ing mar­kets yes­ter­day as it seeks to ex­pand its in­ter­na­tional foot­print.

Mes­sen­ger Lite, which uses less data and is de­signed to work in ar­eas with slower in­ter­net con­nec­tions, will roll out in Kenya, Tu­nisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. Face­book said it will ex­pand to other coun­tries in the com­ing months.

Face­book has largely sat­u­rated Western mar­kets, in­clud­ing North Amer­ica and Europe, and has set its sights on de­vel­op­ing coun­tries, in part by rolling out “lite” ver­sions of its main Face­book app and now Mes­sen­ger, which have fewer ca­pa­bil­i­ties than the main apps.

Users with An­droid phones will still be able to use the core fea­tures of Mes­sen­ger, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to send text mes­sages, pho­tos and links but will not be able to make video or voice calls or make pay­ments. – Reuters

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