WASHINGTON, D.C.: Facebook said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila) it is testing a lightweight version of its mobile app for mobile phones with poor-quality Internet connections in emerging markets.
The “Facebook Lite” Android app is designed “for people on 2G [second-generation] connections or in areas of limited Internet accessibility.”
The move expands Facebook’s efforts to grow the world’s biggest social network, which already has more than a billion users.
Most of Facebook’s growth is coming from emerging markets, but many people lack the phones or computers needed for the full-featured app.
The “lite” version can allow users with low-cost Android handsets to quickly load Facebook feeds and photos.
Technology news website TechCrunch said the app was launch in several countries in Asia and Africa over the weekend, including Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.