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Facebook Launch New App For Markets With Slower 2G Connections

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Facebook has launched a new version of its app, designed to cater to people in emerging markets where mobile internet coverage is not as strong.

Announced earlier this month, Facebook Lite uses less than 1MB, ensuring fast installation and loading times for users in areas with 2G connections.

It works by using less data, to allow people in emerging markets to stay connected to people quickly and consistently.

Facebook has been slowly releasing the app over the past few weeks, and has today launched the app in the Philippines and India.

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Facebook Lite is also being integrated into parts of Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Vijay Shankar, Product Manager for Facebook Lite said in a blog post: “In many areas, networks can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Facebook for Android.

“Facebook Lite was built for these situations, giving people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum.”

The app includes all the standard features including news feeds, status updates, photo sharing and Facebook messaging, but does not yet support video functions.

In a post on Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said: “We’re going to keep working to serve the entire world, and we’ll keep building tools for people in every community until we’re all connected.”

The app is currently available on Android devices only.

Danielle White

Danielle is a Junior Reporter at Global Dating Insights. Originally from Reading, she has studied Multimedia Journalism at Bournemouth University and has a passion for writing and reporting. She enjoys travelling and likes to spend her free time socialising with friends and attending music events.

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