Facebook Lite – A Sigh Of Relief For Slow Connectivity Users
In spite of the existence of fast speed networks and high mbps wi-fi connections, there still exists a world, where things happen at a much slower pace; where the connection is still 2G.
And when the network speed is slow, shouldn’t there also be applications catering to such an audience? Keeping the same factor in mind, Facebook has launched its new app – Facebook Lite – an app with a similar user interface as Facebook but best suited for low end android phones that as it is have low storage capacity.
Facebook Liteminimizes the use of data and is compatible with 2G connectivity. Being under 1MB, it is even easy to install and works on any 2.2 and higher Android phones. Although it is not a carbon copy of the existing app, itfunctions in minimum bandwidth and allows the user a reliable experience with similar features. To put it simply, it will remind you of the days when Facebook first started out.
India is a growing market for technology, and there is still an immense section of untapped consumers. Especially those that live in areas with 3G and 2G connectivity or, are mostly on the go, and find it frustrating to use a heavy app which takes ages to download. With the launch of Facebook Lite, Facebook is ensuring that it very systematically reaches out to those potential customers who due to lack of simpler apps are still un-hooked to social media.
Keeping it exclusive to Android and not venturing into iOS ensures quality. Facebook has taken a tremendous initiative to include the maximum possible features in the minimum possible storage and has specifically designed Facebook Lite to make the app faster while the network connectivity continues to fluctuate.
Taking a sneak peek at the statistics, in less than a week of its last update, it has already crossed ten million downloads and has reached a 4 point user rating; yet another best part being that it is absolutely free! Seems like it has very strategically been customized for the Indian audience.
On one hand while the image quality, resolution and size can be minimized, on the other the notifications and news-feeds load faster. Right from the logo to the images uploaded and shared – everything will look like it has undergone shrinking but at the same time you will be able to read more of new stories and updates.
The one plus point which makes Facebook Lite better than Facebook is that it comes with an in-built Messenger; unlike Facebook which requires you to download it separately.However, the one drawback of Facebook Lite would be that it does not support videos and is not very advanced in terms of its locations, i.e. the GPS feature is yet to attain accuracy. But then, if the rest of the features ace, it is definitely worth a minimal compromise.
Picture courtesy- onhax.net
by techtalks @TechTalks August 10, 2015 11:50 AM UTC