Facebook Lite was originally developed back in 2015 as a solution for users on low-end hardware and slow internet networks in emerging markets. You know, countries like India, Nigeria, Indonesia, and the like.
Perhaps not even the engineers behind it considered that one day Facebook Lite would find use in countries like the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Ireland, and New Zealand.
But that is what has happened. Facebook is now making the Lite app available in the world’s leading economies. Facebook is coming to America. Why? Here is what Facebook says: “We’ve seen that even in some developed markets people can have lower connectivity, so we want to make sure everyone has the option to use this app if they want”
Oh my days. Really? No-one thought of that before? I already wrote about how lite apps are getting adopted in developed markets.
Has anyone ever heard of an app called WhatsApp? Has anyone wondered why it works so well and has such widespread acceptance apart from the fact that it does not require the usual sign-up and login processes?
Answer: Because it was built from day one to work on all kinds of hardware and with all kinds of networks. That is smart, pro-active thinking.
The Curse Of Duplicate Apps and Software
That is the way every single app on the planet should be developed from the word Go. I am a fan of lite apps, but even that gets tiring. Having two versions for every app under the sun begins to irritate.
And now we have regular Android OS and also Android Go for low-end hardware. Sigh. What next? iOS Come? Just merge both versions into one efficient app or piece of software. This duplication of resources isn’t very efficient either.
How about developers just go the WhatsApp route from the start so they do not need a lite app some years down the road?
Facebook Lite is available in over 100 countries, and more countries will join the list. And the reason is simple: people everywhere love efficiency. Lite apps are efficient.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.