The Lite versions of the most popular apps are the saving grace of many users who have neither much space nor much hardware power on their devices and prefer lighter options. In the case of Facebook, while there are lots of third-party clients, the release of the official Facebook Lite app led loads of people to get rid of the clunky original. Now, following on its success, comes Facebook Messenger Lite, a compact version of the client that takes up less than half the space of the normal app.
Like with Facebook Lite, the release has first come as a soft launch in certain countries (Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela), though if you can’t/don’t want to wait for the official launch in your area, you can download and install the app APK here on Uptodown.
In terms of its features, it’s got all the basics for chats and sending extra media material like photos, videos, and stickers. It’s in its architecture that we find its secret weapon. A little while back we did an analysis here on the blog of the resources consumed by the official Facebook apps, to worrying result, especially in terms of battery consumption. It’s natural, then, that other users have made the jump to third-party tools like the aforementioned Facebook Lite or SlimSocial for Facebook. In the case of Messenger, once it’s installed and running, the main process uses just 56MB – nothing compared to the more than 100 in the standard version. In terms of the app itself, once it’s installed it takes up more than 16MB, including the additional data.
In terms of performance, there’s no comparison. It’s first startup takes no more than three seconds, while opening it while it’s running in the background is practically instant. It can even run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
More information | Official Facebook blog