It’s been barely two months since the Messenger Lite app was introduced in India. And it has already hit the 50 million milestone. The resource friendly version of Messenger was however available in other developing countries earlier than India. Facebook introducing the app in India allowed it the exposure of the second biggest smartphone market in the world.

Messenger Lite follows in the footsteps of the Facebook Lite app that has the same basic underlying principles. These apps are supposed to work on less bandwidth, consume less data as well as occupy less space while still offering the vital functions of the parent app. In this case, the Messenger app. The “Lite” version is less than 5 MB in heft and works on Android versions as low as Gingerbread 2.3. Facebook Lite itself was a big success as it saw 50 billion downloads in such markets.

It also seems that despite spiraling tariff rates in India, there is a huge demand for data sensitive apps as people are still plagued by patchy networks and below-par reception in various areas of India. Facebook does not plan to introduce the app in developed countries.

Messenger Lite offers below features:

  • Contact anyone on Messenger, Facebook or Facebook Lite.
  • See when people are active and available to chat.
  • Message people one-on-one or in groups to catch up or make plans.
  • Send photos, videos and links, or express yourself with stickers and emojis.
  • Make voice calls for free over Wi-Fi (otherwise standard data charges apply).

Download Link: Messenger Lite for Android