Monday, 19 March, 2018

Facebook Messenger Lite finally gets video chatting

Messenger Lite gets video chat to help people 'stay connected' Facebook Messenger Lite becomes true rival to regular Messenger app by adding video chat
Theresa Hayes | 07 March, 2018, 20:19

The social networking giant first launched Messenger Lite for Android users back in 2016, created to serve those on slower internet connections in developing markets such as Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. You can have the same face-to-face conversations you do with the full Messenger app, just in a 10MB client that's easier to download and shouldn't tax your device as much.

Originally launched with a focus on Messenger's core features - text messaging, photo and link sharing and stickers - today's launch of video chat is a sign of two things.

Facebook today updated its Messenger Lite messaging app with the ability to video call your contacts. Adding support for video chats means Messenger Lite now provides access to all the primary communication methods offered by Messenger.

Users can video call their buddies by tapping on the video icon on the top right corner of the chat screen.

Though Messenger Lite didn't have voice calls in its original guise, it has since gained that feature, so the next logical step was to add video chats to the mix too. Ongoing audio calls can also be "upgraded" to video without leaving the current call. "Chatting face-to-face live is ideal for those moments when you want to see and hear the voices of people you care about most - whether you're wishing someone a happy birthday, you have some great news to share, or you spontaneously want to catch up on the day".

Features like Facebook Stories (formerly Messenger Day) is not available in the app, but it also lacked other useful features like video calling when it launched past year.