“Lightweight” mobile apps were once popular, with apps aimed primarily at emerging markets, where users often have limited data traffic, according to slashGear, amedia outlet. Now, these investments may have paid off, as users everywhere become more dependent on mobile devices and take up more space and data in the process. Given this, it’s inexplicable that Facebook, The parent company of Instagram, quietly decided to take down its Instagram Lite app when some users might be most likely to use it.
Two years ago, Instagram Lite quietly hit the Google Play app market without any official announcement. It is confined to a few markets, such as Kenya, Mexico, Peru and the Philippines, and it is because of its “lightweight” nature that it is widely used. As it turns out, the two years have been a very long beta test, which is why Facebook is now pulling the app down, said to be designed and improved for better design.
The social networking giant confirmed to TechCrunch that it had officially launched the app despite its success in those regions. Facebook, however, did not specify how it would improve the Instagram Lite app. Instagram Lite offers only some basic features, such as viewing feeds, posting pictures, and exploring. There is no support for video, not even direct sending messages.
It is not clear when the new version of Instagram Lite will be released.