Facebook's Messenger Lite App Reaches the U.S.
Facebook recently made its data-saving, lightweight Messenger Lite application available to Android users in the U.S. The app has primarily been available in emerging markets where metered data connections are the norm. Messenger Lite is less than 10 MB to install on most handsets so its loads fast, runs efficiently, and uses less mobile data. The app was built to function under adverse network conditions, and allows people to send one-on-one or group messages, make voice calls, as well as send photos, videos, and links. Facebook Messenger Lite does not include advanced features, such as Facebook Stories, and it strips out features such as events and birthdays. It is free to download from the Google Play Store.
Instagram Rolls Out Disappearing Stories
Aug 2, 2016
Instagram today announced Instagram Stories, a new way to share photos and videos that is similar to Snapchat's Stories. With Stories, Instagram users can post as many photos and videos as they want throughout the day and customize them with text, stickers, and drawing tools.
Google's AMP Stories Let Web Publishers Tell Tap-Through Stories with Photos and Videos
Feb 13, 2018
Google today announced a preview of AMP stories, a new tool for creators to bring content to the mobile web in a new and engaging way. AMP stories were inspired by the likes of Snapchat and Instagram, which both offer people the ability to tell on-going, ephemeral stories that others swipe through.
Facebook's Events App Reaches Android Devices
Dec 13, 2016
Facebook has made its Events application available to Android handsets via the Google Play Store. Events By Facebook, released to iOS devices in October, lets users find and schedule things to do with family and friends.
Facebook Adds Video Chat to Messenger Lite
Mar 7, 2018
Facebook today made its slimmed-down messaging app a bit more powerful with the addition of video chatting. Facebook calls video chats "an expected and essential part of everyday communication" and the company is pleased to offer the functionality to users of the Messenger Lite app.
Facebook Messenger Takes a Shot at Snapchat with 'Days'
Mar 9, 2017
Facebook is updating its Messenger application with disappearing stories that behave similar to those of Snapchat and Instagram. The feature, called Messenger Day, lets people create short stories made up of photos and videos and then share them with their Facebook friends.