Facebook Launches Instagram Lite in 170 Countries with Space Crunch

Facebook on Wednesday confirmed the launching of a ‘lite’ version of popular social media application Instagram in around 170 countries. That will allow people to enjoy the social media application even with a slow internet connection.

The Instagram Lite is only developed for Android-based phones. The company has not revealed any place for developing it for IOS devices. This lite version requires less bandwidth compared to the original application.

The overall size of the application is just 2MB versus the 30MB of traditional Instagram and runs even on slower 2G networks. Allowing customers in rural parts of countries like India, Africa, Asia, and Latin America to access the social media application.

Facebook Launches Instagram Lite in 170 Countries with Space Crunch

“The application runs and consumes less data so if the user is using a small data package. He/she will not run out of data while using the application. The main aim of the service is to provide the same experience. Users get in the traditional Instagram” Tzach told Reuters.

It will be launched globally: said Tzach Hadar

Facebook Launches Instagram Lite in 170 Countries with Space Crunch

Hadar revealed that they are not still able to develop the reel feature in the lite version. But the users can create and share short clips or videos.

He also told that the Lite version is just available in 170 countries but soon it will be launched globally. The lite version of Facebook itself has been in the market for 5 years now.

With this Lite version, Facebook has decided to introduce the Express Wifi service in Tel Aviv to bring better internet connectivity in more than 20 countries of different continents.

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Facebook’s R&D center entered Tel Aviv in 2013.  After they decided to bring the Israeli mobile app-developer Onavo for an estimated $150 million-$200 million to modernize the country.

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