Will also be rolling out to other countries including the UAE.
Facebook Lite, the alternative app that offers less data usage and a faster interface suited for slower networks and devices, now boasts more than 200 million users monthly. The app was designed for emerging markets, where internet connections aren’t always the fastest.
“When we rolled out FB Lite for a handful of countries in 2015, people started using it, and we're excited about the growth we've had. We understand that a lot of the features of FB Lite are a good fit for emerging markets, but we've seen interest in other countries as well — specifically when people want a lightweight, simple experience,” the company said in a statement.
FB Lite offers users a “…standalone, native app designed for lower end Android devices on spotty network connections to give people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is low. [It aims] to deliver the power of a native app, with features such as News Feed, status updates, push notifications, and camera/photo integration, while still being lightweight.”
While initially available for select countries, Facebook has now confirmed that Facebook Lite will soon be rolling out to South Korea, UAE, Italy and hopefully more countries in the coming months.