Fb Is Testing A Straightforward App For Low-End Android Telephones
Not content material materials with spinning out apps for stickers inside Messenger, Groups and new addition Rooms, Fb has launched one different standalone app. Fb Lite, which some may recall as a simplified mannequin of its mobile site from 2009-2010, is notably designed for low-end Android models in rising markets.
TechCrunch understands that the app was quietly launched in a handful of countries in Asia and Africa over the weekend — Bangladesh, Nepal, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Sri Lanka, Vietnam and Zimbabwe to be actual — the place it is being testing with a view to further expansions. That said, a wider launch is not a certainty and Fb may quietly can the problem if it doesn’t contemplate it is worth pursuing.
The app has been constructed to accommodate low-end and dated Android models, and clients who’re on 2G/poor top quality net connections. Its based mostly totally on Snaptu, Fb’s perform phone shopper, nevertheless consists of some native Android choices, resembling push notifications and digital digital camera integration, to make the experience a additional refined one.
Why is Fb launching but yet one more app? Smartphone product sales are hovering in India, which was the quickest rising market in Asia Pacific in Q3 2014, whereas there’s giant potential in Africa and Southeast Asia the place mobile may be (or already is) the primary net platform for tens of hundreds of thousands. Regardless that Fb retooled its Android app notably for rising markets remaining yr, it is making certain that it provides an awesome experience to any shopper not matter their system or group connection.
Fb already has its Net.org problem, which gives free entry to quite a lot of mobile net suppliers along with, in reality, Fb and that’s separate to it, we understand. Net.org is presently restricted to various nations in Africa at this degree and, because it’s being developed in partnership with carriers and totally different telecom enterprise players, launches are time and helpful useful resource intensive: so why not pull collectively a ‘Lite’ app which will in all probability be pushed to tens of tens of millions in a single day, that’s Fb’s contemplating proper right here.
In case you’re in considered one of many aforementioned eight nations the place Fb Lite has launched — and you have got an Android phone — then you’ll check it out proper right here.
The early indicators seem constructive. The app has already crossed 10,000 downloads on the time of writing, with a 4.6 rating from an preliminary 693 reviewers. The few early clients tweeting about it seem impressed too.
Obtained “Fb Lite” on my phone!!! — feeling excited
— Apeksha Ranasinghe (@APRanasinghe) January 24, 2015
Fb lite app!!! yabbbaa lastly a great app from Fb!!!
— Komban (@Banned_tweeter) January 21, 2015