Facebook has rolled out a standalone version of Messenger for Android called Messenger Lite in over 132 countries including Vietnam, Nigeria, Peru, Turkey, Germany, Japan and the Netherlands. However, it is not available in India market yet.
The app is meant for markets with slower than average Internet speeds and debuted in five countries – Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela in October last year.
Messenger Lite includes Messenger’s core experiences such as messaging, sending and receiving photos and links and receiving stickers and is under 10MB.
As of now, neither Facebook Lite nor Messenger Lite have augmented reality and camera effect features that Facebook’s main apps have, but it is only a matter of time as the company earlier this week announced the addition of reactions, geofilters, and other subtle camera effects to Facebook Lite. Hence, its expected that these feature may land on Messenger Lite soon.