'Built in India', Uber Lite is 'designed for the world'

Uber Lite

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 is a simple version of the rider app that saves space, works on any network, and on any Android phone. Uber is claiming a 300-millisecond response time on the application and is also claiming support for all Android phones. Uber has also confirmed that the Lite app will be able to work better in areas with bad or unstable network connectivity. Usually, it is the case that consumers have to face issues like poor internet connectivity and low storage, in such cases the Uber Lite app is going to come in handy.

Uber Lite is now being trialed in India, which is likely to be its most popular market, and more features such as language selection and offline requesting are coming soon. The app is made keeping in mind emerging markets, and India is the first place the company has chose to launch it. Uber Lite has been made available in Jaipur, Hyderabad, and Delhi for now. And while maps aren't available when you launch the app, there's an option to toggle them should you need to see the route. If it can't accurately pinpoint your location (due to Global Positioning System or network issues) it will offer you nearby pickup points that might work for you.

Uber Lite

Uber Lite has been built with India in mind - where it's now being piloted - but it will be coming to other regions around the world later on. The new Uber Lite app will allow users to have the same experience but will have a smaller footprint. Through Uber Lite, users can pay in cash, requiring no card details or Paytm account. The app strips out the vehicle animations, and you don't even get the map view by default. The app also comes with the option of "Share Pass" which lets users ride at original fares and no peak rates.

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