Facebook To Release Its Lite Version To UK, US, Australia, and Canada


The world’s largest social network Facebook, said Thursday that it’ll be releasing , its pared-down app designed for people in developing countries with limited data plans, to the wider world, including Australia, Canada, Germany, France, the UK and US.

Facebook is making the app only available on Android when it’s released Friday. The company didn’t respond to a request for comment about when a version for iPhones will be released.

“To help everyone have a great Facebook experience regardless of where they connect or the bandwidth they have, in many countries we rolled out Facebook Lite as a standalone, native app with features such as News Feed, status updates, push notifications, and camera/photo integration,” the company said in a statement. .

Though Facebook Lite was originally created for people with slow and spotty internet connections, those with perfectly fine internet connections may be interested in using it as well. The app  on your smartphone, and it’s designed to eat up less data as it displays the latest baby photos and political rantings from your friends.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has attempted pared-down versions. Over the past decade, it’s created versions of its website, called and . It’s also offered free internet in some countries through a program called , though .

The company also has teams devoted to reducing the data traffic to its namesake app, including when showing ads, photos and .

Perhaps the most dramatic effort from the company was when Facebook , to send direct messages to one another. It then removed the functionality from its primary app. The company promised  as a result, though some people balked at the company forcing them to download another app.

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