Facebook Messenger Lite Takes Up Less Phone Space for Tech Challenged Areas

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Small businesses and others seeking a better way to communicate with customers or partners in tech challenged areas should rejoice.

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has launched lighter version of its Android Messenger app. The new bare-bones Messenger app is designed for people in areas with slow internet connections as well as for older phones with less powerful processors and less memory.

Introducing the Facebook Messenger Lite App

The new Facebook Messenger Lite allows you to send stickers, photos, links and text to anyone using Messenger or Messenger Lite.

“More than 1 billion people around the world use Messenger every month from a range of mobile devices on networks of various speeds and reliability,” said the Engineering Manager for Messenger Lite Tom Mulcahy in a blog post. “With Messenger Lite, more people can stay in contact, regardless of network conditions or storage limitations on their Android devices. Messenger Lite was built to give people a great Messenger experience, no matter what technology they use or have access to.”

Tom also adds that the app is fast and easy to download as it’s under 10MB.

Like Facebook Messenger, Messenger Lite uses the same bolt logo, but with reversed colors. The bolt is blue with a white chat bubble background while for Facebook Messenger, the bolt is white with a blue chat bubble background.

The new Messenger Lite is already rolling out to people in Malaysia, Kenya, Tunisia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela. Tom says that they will soon be rolling the app in other countries in the coming months.

This should come as good news for businesses that use Messenger as a means to communicate with their clients. You can now be able to upload real-time photos and links regardless of the Internet speeds or the speed of your phone.

While Facebook is quite clear on what you can do with the “Lite” version, they are not so clear on what you will not get but don’t get surprised if you can’t find features certain features.

Facebook also doesn’t disclose whether there will be a similar app for iOS. They are, however, clear that they chose markets with a “prevalence of basic Android smartphones.”

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Panasonic T44 Lite With 4-Inch Display, 2400mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 3,199

Panasonic T44 Lite With 4-Inch Display, 2400mAh Battery Launched at Rs. 3,199

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Panasonic T44 Lite offers 3G connectivity
  • The smartphone supports dual-SIM cards
  • It comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage with microSD card support

After the Eluga Note, Panasonic has now launched a smartphone in the budget category. The Panasonic T44 Lite will exclusively be sold on Snapdeal from Monday, and will be priced at Rs. 3,199.

As for specifications, the Panasonic T44 Lite supports dual-SIM (Normal+Micro) cards, and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It features a 4-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor paired with 512MB of RAM. The smartphone offers 8GB of inbuilt storage, with the option to expand via microSD card (up to 32GB).

Optics include a 2-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 0.3-megapixel front camera for selfies. Camera features include Burst Mode, Just Shut Mode, Panaroma, and Digital Image Stabilisation. The Panasonic T44 Lite packs a 2400mAh battery that’s rated to deliver up to 20 hours of 2G talk time, 8.5 hours of 3G talk time, and up to 400 hours of standby talk time.

Connectivity options include GSM 800/900/1800/1900, 3G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth support. There is no support for 4G connectivity. The Panasonic T44 Lite’s dimensions measure at 127.3x66x9.65 mm, and it weighs 137 grams. The smartphone will be made available in Rose Gold, Champagne Gold, and Electric Blue colour options. Panasonic offers one year manufacturing warranty for the T44 Lite smartphone.

Earlier this month, Panasonic launched the Eluga Note for the price of Rs. 13,290. It features a 5.5-inch full-HD display, 1.3GHz octa-core processor, 3GB RAM, and 32GB of inbuilt storage.

Panasonic T44 Lite

Panasonic T44 Lite

Display

4.00-inch

Processor

1.3GHz

Front Camera

0.3-megapixel

Resolution

800×480 pixels

RAM

512MB

OS

Android Marshmallow

Storage

8GB

Rear Camera

2-megapixel

Battery capacity

2400mAh

See full Panasonic T44 Lite specifications
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