Update: Facebook has released Facebook Lite for Android, a mobile application that promises better performance when connected to 2G or in areas with bad network reception.
Facebook some time ago offered their users an alternative version of the social networking site called Facebook Lite which was a stripped down version of Facebook designed for users with slow Internet connections to speed up page loading times.
The idea behind the special version of Facebook was to provide users on slow or unreliable Internet connections with a second entry point to the site that worked better under certain conditions.
Facebook Lite on the other hand was not designed for mobile users who can access Facebook mobile to access the website from mobile phones, or run one of the available apps instead instead of a mobile browser.
Users had problems with Facebook Lite in the past; some ran into a blank login page for instance with no apparent option to resolve the issue as deleting the cache or reloading the page did not really work out too well in this case.
Facebook confirmed officially that Facebook Lite has been discontinued. Facebook users trying to access Facebook Lite will be redirected to the main Facebook page instead where they can login and use the site.
No reason was given for the decision. The message posted on the official Facebook page simply states that Facebook is no longer supporting Facebook Lite and that they have learned a lot from testing the slimmed-down site.
Users with slow connections who have been using Facebook Lite previously will notice increased loading times as the regular Facebook pages contain additional elements that the lite page did not.
Those users may be better of using an application that runs no their mobile phone instead if possible. For desktop users, there is unfortunately no option other than to load the main Facebook website in the browser of choice.
Have you been using Facebook Lite? If so, what do you think about the discontinuation?
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