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There’s an app for everything nowadays — which means it’s easy to quickly fill up your storage on your smartphone. This week, we have a lighter version of an app that you most likely scroll through a few times a day.
Facebook Lite — available for Android — has officially expanded to the U.S. Facebook originally built the app specifically for those in developing countries who have slower connectivity. With an APK (Android Package Kit) of less than 1 megabyte in size to install, people can download it in seconds, regardless of how sluggish their connection is.
To compare, the regular Facebook app on Android has a download size of 63 megabytes, which is why I was particularly interested in downloading
It’s also important to note that everyone’s usage does vary and that I don’t open Facebook unless I have a notification or need to use the search tool. For those who use
With Facebook Lite, you still have access to all of the basic features, like posting to a timeline, searching people, liking photos and posts, as well as editing your profile and groups. There’s also special features such as finding and RSVPing to local social events, saving photos to specific photo album, following others, looking up information on local businesses, and more. You can also view stories people stories and add your own.
I didn’t mind the fact that I wasn’t able to access features like Watchlist, Live, or Marketplace, because I’ve actually never even used them. My Facebook usage is narrowed down to the basics — all I need to be able to do is view my notifications and scroll mindlessly through the feed. With
The only downside is the interface, which is completely stripped down version of the main Facebook app, plus it looks a bit dated. But that’s to be expected with a lite version that takes up so little room and also works on 2G networks. At the top, you have what looks like a toolbar with your timeline, friend requests, Messenger Lite (which you’ll have to download if you want to send messages) notifications, search tool, and a space to access all of the different features along with your settings.
The navigations are the same as well, but the interface isn’t as smooth — it feels a bit more rigid. But it’s easy to get used to and doesn’t negatively impact scrolling or tapping on different posts. It’s also barely noticeable once you’re on the app for a while. Whenever you pull down on refresh your feed, you’ll see a status bar load at the top, which loads the feed slower than the regular Facebook app, but only by a few seconds. The photos are also as clear as they would be on the regular
While it’s definitely not as glamorous in comparison to the Facebook app, Lite is for those who are looking for a less bloated and less saturated version of
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