Facebook has launched ‘Facebook for Every Phone’ mobile application in three new languages — Hindi, Malay and Vietnamese and seven local Indian languages — Gujarati, Tamil, Malayalam, Kannada, Punjabi, Bengali and Marathi.
This application will bring the same in-depth Facebook mobile experience previously available in English.The application was originally launched in July 2011 and now works on more than 3,600 Java-enabled phones around the world. The application will support 2,500+ devices and work great on 2/2.5G networks, enabling a smartphone like experience for feature phones.
"With over 50 million people in India on Facebook, we want to make sure that everyone has a great Facebook mobile experience regardless of the device that they choose to use," said Kevin D'Souza, Country Growth Manager, Facebook India.
Airtel, Aircel, Idea and Reliance Communication offer free usage of this app to their users for limited time without charging for any data consumed by this app.
This move from Facebook comes after Google had added support for nine Indic languages to Google+. Before that, it had added support for four Indic languages – Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu to YouTube. Also, Twitter launched itself in Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew and Urdu.
Facebook currently has more than 800 million monthly active users and over 350 million mobile users worldwide. The social networking site had 46 million monthly active users (MAUs) as on December 31, 2011 in India which was an increase of 132 per cent from the previous year.
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