Facebook announces Lite Messenger for countries with old smartphones

Messenger Lite can send pictures and videos, but can't yet make voice calls.
Messenger Lite can send pictures and videos, but can’t yet make voice calls.

Facebook has announced a “slimmed down” version of its Messenger app for countries where older smartphones and slower net speeds are more common.

The company said Messenger Lite had the “core features” of the full app such as the ability to share text and photos.

The app will compete with Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which the company says is used by more than a billion people.

One analyst said offering a stripped-back service for developing markets would “drive adoption of services”.

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