Facebook rolled out a new version of the social network that will work well across all network conditions — including those with poor connectivity.
Facebook Lite is available for Android and less than 1MB, Facebook said.
This new version of the app uses less data than the regular Facebook app, and is quick to install and load. It is boiled down to its core features — status updates, photos, and notifications — so it can efficiently function with less data.
Facebook said more than a billion people access the social networking site around the world, and Facebook Lite will increase its usage and reliability.
“In many areas, networks can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Facebook for Android,” says Vijay Shankar, the product manager for Facebook Lite, in a statement. “Facebook Lite was built for these situations, giving people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum.”
Facebook Lite is now available in countries across Asia, and will soon be available in part of Latin America, Africa, and Europe in coming weeks.