Uber launches Uber Lite, a 5MB app for India

Uber launches a low-data Lite app that's just 5MB in size

The app is essentially a stripped down version of the main Uber app with basic ride booking features. Uber Lite, as the name suggests is small in size and is optimised for phones with low connectivity and older Android OS.

The Uber Lite app will be less than 5 MB and will be supported on Android 4.1 and above.

Keeping India's connectivity issues in mind, the Uber Lite app has a different interface that works for people even with limited data plans. India being a big market for the American convenience giant, the company has now chose to bring a lite version of the original Uber application. Interestingly, Uber won't be the first taxi aggregator to have a Lite app in the Indian Market.

The app is now part of pilot scheme in India, the country where it was built, but should be available in more markets later in the year. One core difference between Uber and Uber Lite is that the latter doesn't come pre-loaded with Maps. The map view that we all know from Uber will not display by default, to keep the app running smoothly, but you can still tap the option to bring it up at any time. If it can't detect your location because of Global Positioning System or network issues, it guides you to choose popular landmarks nearby.

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You will then be offered with a list of rides to choose from along with the fare rates. Uber Lite also gives users the option to share their ride status with other contacts, or access the emergency contacts.

At Uber Tech Day 2.0 the company announced a lite version of the app for developing markets. Through Uber Lite, users can pay in cash, requiring no card details or Paytm account.

In comparison, Ola Lite has a lot going on in the app and even comes with ride options for rentals and outstation. Even when on a network with poor connectivity, a response time just 300ms is touted, so you should be able to book a ride nearly immediately.

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