Facebook says it brought the Lite version to more developed countries as users can still have lower connectivity. For those unfamiliar, Facebook Lite is a more pared down version of the full Facebook app. And also like the company's chat app, Facebook Lite is now headed to some developed markets as well.
A lot of other Facebook feature have been stripped out of the app to make the app run smoother on low-powered devices, resulting in less data usage. However, Facebook only launched it in developing countries initially, leaving users elsewhere to pursue potentially risky APKs.
The Play Store listing for Facebook Lite was only active for about 100 countries before today. Doing so is safer than acquiring an APK from a random website, and it makes it easier to keep the app updated with the latest version. Specifically, Facebook Lite will be launching in the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.
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Now comes word via Reuters that Facebook is starting to roll out the app to additional countries, including developed nations in an apparent effort to boost engagement among users with limited data plans.
Facebook Lite is generally only a few MB, though it varies by phone. It also takes up less space on a smartphone and consumes less data when used compared to the regular Facebook application.