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Meta announces the end of Messenger Lite for Android users

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Meta is scrapping its storage-saving, minimalist messaging app Messenger Lite for Android users.

The app will be completely shut down for current users from September 18, but for everyone else, the stripped-down app became unavailable on the Google Play Store earlier this month.

Messenger Lite was first introduced in 2016 and boasted a download size of just 1MB. It was designed to use less memory and data, and to run on lower performing CPUs (processors) and lower bandwidth connections.

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The app was targeted to people using older android devices — which at the time meant devices from 2009 or 2011 — and was initially rolled out in Kenya, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, and Venezuela to improve global accessibility, former head of Messenger at Meta David Marcus said on social media at the time.

But later developments to the Messenger app have since rendered the Lite version obsolete.

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