Instagram has launched its new version, Instagram Lite on Google Play Store. It is light in memory plus uses less mobile data than the main app. The Lite version is just 573KB in size, compared to the original Instagram’s which is of 32MB. It takes 55 times less memory.
Users can view news stories on the wall, post new photos with filters and surf the Home page. The company says on Google Play Store, It is currently available for Android users in Mexico only but will spread out to other countries soon. The company is trying to expand its service to more people throughout the world.
“We are testing a new version of Instagram for Android that takes up less space on your device, uses less data, and starts faster,” an Instagram spokesperson told a website,TechCrunch.
Instagram Lite was quietly launched by the company on the Google Play App Store without any notification on Thursday. The app still lacks a few main features. The app doesn’t contain a direct messaging option which saves storage space. Also, users cannot share videos on it. The reason for missing parts is because it is launched purposely for those who only have a slow internet connection.
Just a few days ago Instagram was calculated to be worth more than $100 billion. The App is anticipated to surpass 2 billion monthly users in the next four, five years. The company also just released another new feature in which their four-way group video chats that allow users to surf Instagram wall while talking. Lite will also eventually develop itself to get messaging and video posting abilities.
Facebook, Instagram’s parent company, started offering a low-data Android app in 2015. At first Facebook Lite was limited to countries known for unreliable mobile data coverage, but is now accessible worldwide. The app seems to be produced for emerging markets, where internet facilities are less and poor.