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If you are on a 2G network, you probably know the pain you suffer while your regular Facebook app struggles to load images. In such a case, imagine the amount of frustration you are going through when your friends tell you that he/she just uploaded one of your cool photos on Facebook. All you can do is just wait until you reach home and turn on your computer.
But, don’t worry. You won’t have to go through all of that, as the most awaited Facebook Lite App has launched in India. But, how is it different? Well, the size of the app is less than 1MB which means, it only occupies a tiny piece of your phone’s memory card.
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Facebook Lite will be compatible with devices running Android 2.2 and above. Even though the app is small in size, it offers you almost the same experience as the mainstream Facebook app. It supports everything from News Feed to notifications to status update. However, for now, the app does not support videos, as the addition of this feature would consume a good amount of data, thereby interrupting the Facebook experience of the user. But that shouldn’t be a problem if ‘video viewing on-the-go’ is not something you often do.
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At the first glance, the interface looks quite similar to that of the parent app. However, you might notice a few minor design changes in the icons and a slightly larger font size. Images take no more than a few seconds to load.
What’s the reason behind the launch?
With Facebook Lite, Mark Zuckerberg plans to bring about the world’s largest ever social media network expansion, thereby connecting individuals from every corner of the globe. Earlier in 2015, Zuckerberg introduced Internet.org a platform built primarily to connect 4.5 billion people with no regular internet access. The addition of Facebook Lite can largely boost the initiative.
According to Vijay Shankar, the product manager of Facebook, a large number of Indian users are still connected to the 2G network, not just in the rural parts of the country but also in towns and cities. With Facebook Lite, it would now be possible to let 2G users enjoy uninterrupted Facebook experience.
This is the second app Facebook has launched after the release of Facebook Moments, an app that allowed Android and Apple users to instantly share photos among friends who are in the same frame.
With all of that in store, no wonder Facebook is constantly working on making your Social Media experience a lot better. So, if you are someone who has been on a 2G network for quite a while now and not planning to switch over to 3G anytime soon, you definitely got a reason to rejoice.