Facebook Lite reaches 200 million users, registers 100% growth in one year

Since people are using FB Lite and we hear from our community that they want more options, we are rolling out in additional countries: "South Korea, UAE, Italy, and Israel", said Facebook in a release. Furthermore, performance improvements have also been added to the new version of Facebook Lite. This week, the app crossed 200 million users mark, registering a 100 percent increase from March past year.

The app now supports 55 languages and is popular in many countries including Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Philippines.

Facebook Lite was launched back in June 2015 - a lighter, slimmer version of the main app primarily designed for low-end Android devices. "FB Lite gives people access to core Facebook experiences like News Feed more quickly and while consuming less data", Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said in a blog post on Wednesday.

Lite was announced for low-end Androids, promising reliable solution to users, especially those on 2G or facing poor network issues.

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FB Lite was reintroduced in 2015 an app with a total size of less than 1MB, primarily focusing markets where internet access is slow or limited.

Chief Operating Officer at Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg stated that Facebook Lite is helping businesses grow and reach customers who don't benefit from speedy Internet connections.

To put it into perspective, Facebook draws over a billion users monthly on mobile with a major chunk coming from developing nations where the need to connect to the digital platform is palpable. For example, you can now like, comment, and share posts. At the given pace, the company is set to hit 2 billion users later this year - a milestone which no other Internet company has reached.

  • Douglas Reid