The new light-weight version of the Instagram app that consumes less data is live. The Instagram Lite app is less than 2MB in size and saves time when downloading and installing. This new app enhances the Instagram app by improving the performance, responsiveness and reliability, though features such as IGTV among others are not yet supported.
Facebook launched the app in the Sub-Saharan Africa region to enable users use Instagram no matter the device type, platform and network they use.
Peter Shin, Engineering Manager for Instagram Lite 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”.
He added that, “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”.
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