Facebook’s Messenger Lite for Android launches in US, UK, and other countries

Chris Welch, writing for The Verge;

Facebook Messenger Lite, the excellent, cruft-free of Facebook’s chat app that focuses on the essentials, is expanding to the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland. The Android-only app was originally launched so that users could access Messenger in areas with sluggish mobile connectivity.

From the Messenger Lite apps’s description page;

Installs quickly. It’s less than 10MB to install, saving storage space on your phone.
Saves data. It loads fast, runs efficiently and uses less mobile data.
Works everywhere. Reach people when you’re in an area with a slow or unstable internet connection.
Runs on most phones. You can use it on Android phones version 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher.

Looks like Facebook is following Twitter’s playbook when it comes to service emerging markets.

You can download the Messenger Lite app here.

BASS app maps out if Globe or Smart is faster in your area

Abe Olandres, writing for Yugatech;

B.A.S.S. is a locally developed app for bandwidth and signal strength analyzer for mobile networks. It’s basically similar to the SpeedTest and OpenSignal app we’ve been using for years.

The main difference is that BASS specifically monitors the strength of the cellular signal and the speed of the mobile internet in the Philippines by collecting test results made by users.

From the app’s description;

Mobile app for crowd sourced volunteers to help measure the bandwidth and signal strength of carrier networks at given locations

The BASS is currently available for Android phone and can be downloaded here.

Developer Preview 4 now available, official Android O coming soon!

Google / Android;

As we put the finishing touches on the Android O platform, today we’re rolling out Developer Preview 4 to help you make sure your apps are ready.

This is the final preview before we launch the official Android O platform to consumers later this summer. Take this opportunity to wrap up your testing and publish your updates soon, to give users a smooth transition to Android O.

If you have a device that’s enrolled in the Android Beta Program, you’ll receive an update to Developer Preview 4 in the next few days. If you haven’t enrolled your device yet, just visit the Android Beta site to enroll and get the update.

You can go to http://www.android.com/beta to enroll and download the Android O Developer Preview 4 on your device.

Finally, Google’s Android beats Microsoft’s Windows as world’s most popular OS

Malavika Velayanikal, reporting for Tech in Asia;

Google’s Android has finally usurped Microsoft’s Windows’ throne as the world’s most popular operating system. dependent web analytics company StatCounter found that Android topped the total internet usage across desktop, laptop, tablet and mobile combined at 37.93 percent. Windows is at 37.91 percent – second for the first time. This is based on global internet usage data for March.

Not a surprising stats.

Since the number of phones sold is greater than the number of windows PC sold. Android’s lead will still increase in the coming year and I can see iOS devices overtaking Windows in the next 5 years or less.

Facebook Lite launching in four more countries, including South Korea, Israel

Geektime, contributing to E27;

Facebook, the ever-growing social media giant, has doubled its number of users for its bare-bones product Facebook Lite in less than a year and serves 200 million monthly active users.

The app supports 55 languages and is popular in over 150 countries but mainly in Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, and the Philippines. Today it’s being launched in four additional countries: Israel, Italy, South Korea and the United Arab Emirates.

Here’s a description of Facebook Lite;

This version of Facebook uses less data and works in all network conditions.
Facebook Lite:

  • Installs fast – the app is smaller, so it’s quick to download and uses less storage space.
  • Works on old Android phones – you can use it on older Android phones not supported by the regular Facebook app.
  • Uses less data – be more efficient with your mobile data. Save money by using less data.
  • Loads quickly – it is our fastest app. Upload photos faster and see updates from friends.
  • Works on all networks – it is designed for 2G networks and areas with slow or unstable internet connections.

Compatibility:
Android 2.3 or higher