Because apparently now it's just the 'done thing' for our favourite apps to all merge into one another, Facebook is launching a "lite" version of it Messenger chat app. AKA: Whatsapp 2.0.
Apparently the new version of the chat function is aimed at emerging markets, where many people use older phones that don't have enough room to store or ability to run the full-featured app due to slower internet speeds or other issues.
'Messenger Lite' will be available on Android devices in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela as of Monday, but there's no word yet on when it might reach other countries or if it'll be available on Apple device.
The alternative version of Facebook Messenger will look like a slimmed-down version of the Facebook sister app, and will let people send text, photos and links, however it won't be able to facilitate video calls, for example.
The move comes as the social media giant begins to force users to adopt Messenger if they want to send each other direct messages, instead of the main Facebook site or app. It's working so far (of course it is, you to have it), with more than 1 billion people using Messenger each month.
For a while, there was a loophole — you could log in to Facebook's mobile website to access messages. But Facebook is ending this option, too, so Messenger will be people's only option.
And it could be a good option for people who can't necessarily afford a high-end smart phone, as Facebook's head of messaging products David Marcus pointed out in a recent interview. He also clarified that the Lite version of Messenger was not intended to step on the toes of WhatsApp - also owned by Facebook - because people use the apps for different reasons and they are not in direct competition.
Well, we'll see.
Source: Cosmo US