The website also put out a screenshot of the feature which has an option of enabling data saver feature. It also shows the estimated mobile data saved. “The beta version also packs a counter, which shows the user how much data it has saved. This can be reset as required, which should be helpful to those on a rolling monthly data plan,” the report said. Users can get the data saver mode now by signing up as a beta tester on Google Play Store.
A data-saver mode on Facebook Messenger is not surprising. India is the second biggest market for Facebook, and network connectivity is still a major issue here. And this holds true for almost all developing markets including those in Asia, as well as Africa, where Facebook hopes to grow in the future.
In India, Google has been concentrating on data-saving options and has even announced a separate YouTube Go app. Data-saver is also an option on Google Chrome, Google Maps. Now Facebook is testing out this idea as it looks to gain more users across the world.
Facebook Messenger also got a new ‘Secret Conversations’ feature recently. The feature allows users to start an end-to-end encrypted conversation with friends. However, the feature is optional, which means users can pick friends to start a secret conversation with. Facebook Messenger’s “Secret conversations can only be read on one device.” So if you choose to start a secret conversation with a friend on desktop, the same will not appear on your smartphone as well.
With Messaging being the future for Facebook, it’s not surprising the company is constantly adding new features to the app.