Today Facebook announced the launch of Instagram lite, a new lightweight version of the Instagram app for Android which uses less data and works well across all network conditions. Instagram lite is now available in Sub-Saharan Africa and other emerging markets.
The new version of Instagram Lite for Android is less than 2MB in size, which consumes less storage space, fast to download and install. It loads instantly and has improved speed, performance, and responsiveness. The lightweight version works similarly to the original Instagram app and allows the Instagram experience to remain fast and reliable for more people, no matter what device, platform and network they use.
Instagram Lite users will have similar experience to the core Instagram app, though some features are not currently supported, such as Reels creation, Shopping, and IGTV. The lightweight version of the Instagram app is likely to gain ground from users in locations with high data cost or limited bandwidth, especially in the developing world. The app works better on android phones with 3G and 2G networks.
Commenting on the rationale for introducing the app to Sub-Saharan Africa, Engineering Manager for Instagram Lite, Peter Shin said, “Connectivity in the region can be unstable, slow and expensive, making it challenging for people to have a high-quality Instagram experience.
Many people were already familiar with the concept of a Lite app after the successful roll-out of Facebook Lite some years ago. We started testing the new version of Instagram Lite when people across the continent started asking for a Lite app for Android. The feedback was very positive and we are excited to launch it across the continent today”.
“Our team aims to leave no one behind, so today we are very excited to bring Instagram Lite to people in over 170 countries, including the entire Sub-Saharan Africa region,” he added.
The lightweight version is currently rolling out in over 170 countries, and Facebook remains committed to building and improving the app to help everyone in the world connect to the people and things they love.
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