Facebook's apps are infamous for the amount of data and battery they soak up, which has led to some people ditching the social network's ever-growing suite of apps. But that's not a good thing. Not from Facebook's perspective anyway. Because it wants you on Facebook all the time, ever disconnecting for so much as half a second, it's released Messenger Lite in the UK, US, and Ireland.
This is a surprising move, though not completely unwelcome. Generally companies release slimmed down versions of their apps for markets that don't have an abundance of mobile data, meaning people in countries like India, for example, are still able to use those service.
Still this is a good thing, because people have to deal with data limits in developed countries as well. Unlimited data plans are pretty rare, and even Three's All-You-Can-Eat services have their downsides (like rubbish signal).
Facebook Lite is an Android exclusive right now, and you can grab it over on Google Play. The app is only 10MB, and while it skips a lot of the fluff you can still talk to all your lovely Facebook friends. Like that guy you went to primary school with, and haven't seen since. Or your grandma's next door neighbour's cousin's dog's former roommate. [Android Police]