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Facebook built a Snapchat-like app for developing countries

The social network isn't done challenging Snapchat.
Mariella Moon, @mariella_moon
November 9, 2016
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Facebook has launched a new Snapchat-like app less than a year after it killed its old Snapchat-like app Slingshot, according to Recode. What's special about this one is that it was built specifically with emerging markets in mind. The new application called Flash was reportedly created by a team within the social network in charge of building apps for developing nations. They also could've been the ones behind Facebook and Messenger Lite. Flash is less than 25MB in size, which is much smaller than Snapchat for Android that's roughly 70MB. It was also built to work even in areas with limited connectivity.

Facebook recently emulated many of Snapchat's selfie filters and other features. It even tried to buy the famous "Asian Snapchat" Snow. Looks like the social network doesn't just want a piece of Snapchat's pie, it also wants to conquer markets where the ephemeral messaging app isn't as big. It's unclear which countries will actually get Flash, but people in one country can now download it whenever they want: Facebook has already launched the app for Android devices in Brazil on Tuesday.

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