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    Meta Decides to Sunset Messenger Lite for Android Users

      TL;DR: Meta is discontinuing its Messenger Lite app for Android, with the shutdown set for September 18. The app is no longer available for new downloads, and existing users are being redirected to the main Messenger app. This comes on the heels of another major change: Messenger will lose its ability to be the default SMS app on Android devices after September 28. Both moves indicate a shift in Meta's strategy for its messaging services on Android.

    Meta has decided to discontinue its streamlined Messenger Lite app for Android devices, targeting a complete shutdown by September 18th. The app, which offered a less resource-intensive alternative to the main Messenger platform, is no longer available for new downloads on Google Play. Existing users who open the app are being redirected to switch over to the full-featured Messenger app.

    Confirmed Plans and Future Direction

    Meta's decision was officially confirmed to the media, revealing that starting August 21, Messenger Lite users will be guided towards using either Messenger or Facebook Lite for their messaging needs. This move is part of a broader shift in Meta's strategy for its messaging services on Android.

    Not the Only Big Change for Messenger on Android

    This announcement follows another significant change for Android Messenger users: the platform will soon lose its capability to serve as the default SMS application on Android devices, effective September 28th. This reflects Meta's ongoing adjustments to its portfolio of communication services, marking a potential shift in the company's direction for Android users.

    Meta’s strategic decisions suggest a tightening focus on their primary Messenger platform, perhaps signaling more comprehensive updates and features to come for their mainstream app.

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