Facebook Lite for Android now available for download

Facebook announced Thursday that a new version of Facebook for Android, called Facebook Lite, has been rolled out in countries across Asia and is now available for download.

"Today we’re introducing Facebook Lite, a new version of Facebook for Android that uses less data and works well across all network conditions," Vijay Shankar, Product Manager for Facebook Lite, said in a post.

The new app is intended for user with slow internet connections.

"More than a billion people around the world access Facebook from a range of mobile devices on varying networks. In many areas, networks can be slow and not able to support all the functionality found in Facebook for Android. Facebook Lite was built for these situations, giving people a reliable Facebook experience when bandwidth is at a minimum," Shankar explained.

Facebook Lite, which is fast to install and quick to load as it is less than 1MB in size, can be downloaded from Google Play.

It includes Facebook’s core experiences like News Feed, status updates, photos, notifications and more.

"Starting today, we are rolling out Facebook Lite in countries across Asia, and over the coming weeks Facebook Lite will be available in parts of Latin America, Africa and Europe," Shankar added.