Why, Facebook, why?
Facebook’s less resource hungry alternative to their messaging app, Messenger Lite, is the perfect fit for the Philippines. It’s, well, light, utilizes less hardware to run and is optimized for less than ideal data connections. It’s surprising then that the Philippines isn’t included in the wider roll-out of Messenger Lite, which sees the lighter version of the app hitting 132 countries, except Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, India, Indonesia, Iran, Ireland, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Sudan, UK, US and North Korea.
Messenger Lite has all the core features of Facebook’s IM service, which include messaging, photo, link sharing and stickers but doesn’t have the data-intensive Messenger Day and camera effects, you know, stuff that we really don’t need in when talking to our contacts.
It’s the perfect companion to Facebook Lite, the low-data version of the app made for countries with crappy mobile networks such as ours. Again it’s pretty crazy to think that Facebook bypassed the Philippines in this wider roll out of Messenger Lite, especially when our country fits the use case of the app to a T.