Facebook adds video discuss to Messenger Lite, the pared-down Android app

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After bringing a pared-down Android app Messenger Lite to mature markets like a US and UK final autumn, Facebook is expanding a facilities to ramp adult engagement. Today, a association announced that it is adding video discuss into a mix.

Messenger Lite, initial launched in 2015, was essentially partial of an bid from Facebook to build some-more apps to boost use in building countries, where mobile use is some-more dear and people are some-more approaching to use some-more lower-end Android devices. Lite comes in during underneath 10MB, definition it installs fast and generally uses reduction bandwidth to operate.

Originally launched with a concentration on Messenger’s core facilities — content messaging, print and couple pity and stickers — Messenger Lite now will offer video as a quick step divided from a categorical screen. In an existent or new conversation, or during an audio call, we only daub a video idol in a dilemma (in messaging) or in a center of a shade (in a call) to switch to video.

Adding video into a Lite app could be a pointer of a few other things. The initial is that Lite users are starting to pierce onto (and expect) some-more modernized services.

“Video chats are an approaching and essential partial of bland communication in today’s messaging experience,” Facebook notes. “Chatting face-to-face live is ideal for those moments when we wish to see and hear a voices of people we caring about many – either you’re wishing someone a happy birthday, we have some good news to share, or we casually wish to locate adult on a day.”

Or it could be simply that this is what Facebook hopes competence be a case.

Messenger Lite is in over 100 countries today. It’s not scarcely as renouned as simple Messenger in a US, though according to stats from AppAnnie, it has during one indicate or another reached tip 10 app rankings, and really in a tip 25 of dozens of smaller countries.

But numbers from SensorTower potentially indicate to because Facebook is now boosting a facilities in a app. The association estimates that Messenger Lite has over some-more 100 million installs worldwide to date, essentially in India, Brazil, and Indonesia, though review that to around 700 million installs from a Google Play store for a categorical Messenger app — and that’s only since a launch of Messenger Lite.

Interestingly, building countries have been a clever marketplace for a categorical Messenger app, too. “The primary nation for new Messenger installs around Google Play is India, with Indonesia ranking second and a United States entrance in third. Brazil accounted for a fourth largest series of categorical Messenger app installs by Google Play given Messenger Lite’s launch,” SensorTower told me.

So, this could explain in partial some of a after enlargement to mature markets. With Google Play users in a U.S. accounting for reduction than 2% of Messenger Lite installs so far, and Messenger Lite altogether still not raking in a mass of users, we can see because Facebook is looking to do more.

Aside from functionality that users competence design or could expostulate some-more usage, it’s good business for Facebook. Video discuss has been one of a bigger rocket ships within a core Messenger app, with Facebook clocking 17 billion video chats on it in 2017, double a year before.

The second trend to note here is that record is relocating along, and delivering cost-effective streamed video services to mobile consumers is apropos easier and easier.

Facebook’s infrastructure efforts are one instance of how a amicable network is directly creation efforts to move that about, and also of how it’s benefitting from that work, if not directly monetising it by providing mobile network IP and other assistance to carriers.