Facebook's Messenger Lite app is officially available in Canada, Report

Muriel Hammond
October 4, 2017

You might not have noticed this, but Facebook and Facebook Messenger had different emoji sets. Nothing more, nothing less.

"We're excited to bring Messenger Lite to Android users in 4 new markets including Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom and the US" a Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch.

Facebook is targeting Messenger Lite to teens and other individuals that would like to take advantage of Facebook Messenger while retaining some of their data buckets for the month, and I'll personally be replacing the regular Messenger app with the Lite version as soon as I wrap up this article. Facebook, in an announcement today said, that the data-sipping app will now officially debut in the US, UK, Canada and Ireland. It rolled out first to five countries, namely Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. American for-profit corporation and an online social media and social networking service launched its Android-only application with the new identity of data saving chat app.

The mobile networks in the United States are far better compared to those in some developing countries, so why did Facebook decide to launch Messenger Lite here? The app is under 10MB in size, and in use it should eat through less data than its non-Lite big brother.

But you'll be able to talk to anyone who uses Messenger, Facebook or Facebook Lite. However, Facebook has no plans as of now to introduce the app for iOS devices. Canada, UK, and Ireland after previously being available in over 100 mostly-developing countries.

In addition to all of that, the Lite app also enables users to use the voice calling feature and set the "active now" indicator. Just like the regular one, it is also missing some aspects or features which quite a large number of people find useful.

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