Instagram Lite, the two-year previous model of the Instagram app geared toward rising markets, has quietly disappeared. The beforehand highly-ranked app vanished from the Google Play charts on April 13 within the nations the place it was lively, together with Kenya, Mexico, Peru and the Philippines. Existing Instagram Lite customers have been directed to the principle Instagram app through a message that claimed “Instagram Lite is No Longer Supported.”
Android Police first reported the information of Instagram Lite’s shutdown on Monday. TechCrunch has since confirmed particulars of the app’s removing with Instagram mother or father, Facebook.
“We are rolling again the take a look at of the Instagram Lite app, a Facebook spokesperson stated. “You can begin utilizing the newest model of Instagram as a substitute to attach with the folks and belongings you love,” they famous.
Instagram Lite launched on Google Play in June 2018 with out fanfare. Like different “Lite”-branded apps available on the market, Instagram Lite’s objective was to supply a smaller obtain that takes up much less area on a cellular system — a function that particularly caters to customers in rising markets, the place cupboard space is a priority. At launch, the “Lite” model of Instagram was 573 kilobytes, or roughly 1/55th the dimensions of Instagram’s then 32 megabyte utility.
Like Instagram, the slimmed-down Instagram Lite app allowed customers to filter and submit pictures to a feed or to Stories and browse the Explore web page for extra content material. However, it lacked the choice to submit movies or direct message buddies upon arrival.
On June 28, 2018, Mexico was the primary market to obtain Instagram Lite. It additionally accounted for almost all — 62% — of its whole installs. To date, Instagram Lite was downloaded roughly 4.Four million in Mexico, in keeping with information from Sensor Tower, shared with TechCrunch. The second largest market was the Philippines, with 14% of installs. Kenya and Peru trailed, with 12.5% and 12% of installs, respectively.
Due to demand for “Lite” purposes in these areas, Instagram Lite was in a position to climb to the highest of Google Play’s charts. The app was ranked No. eight in Kenya within the “Social” class on Google Play, in addition to No. 12 in Peru, No. 15 in Mexico, and No. 22 within the Philippines.
On April 15, it vanished from the charts, indicating a removing in these areas, which the corporate has now confirmed.
While it’s uncommon to tug an app solely when an replace is deliberate, we perceive that’s what Facebook has in retailer for Instagram Lite.
The firm — which has all the time characterised the app as a “take a look at” — is planning to take what it’s discovered over these previous years to develop a brand new model of Instagram Lite. It’s unclear how far out that launch could also be, however the brand new model is at present being constructed.
Instagram Lite was one of some “Lite” apps that Facebook provides, led by the early launch of Facebook Lite in 2015, adopted by Messenger Lite in April 2018. Quite a lot of main tech corporations additionally supply apps geared toward rising markets, typically dubbed their “Lite” model, together with Uber, Tinder, Spotify, Twitter and others. Google does the identical below the “Go” model.
But not like many of those efforts, Instagram Lite had not but reached a few of the bigger rising markets these apps have a tendency to focus on, like India, Indonesia, Brazil and others. That might change sooner or later, nevertheless.
In the meantime, Lite customers are being directed to the principle Instagram app. Alternately, they will use Instagram through the net from their cellphone.