Tuesday, 19 June, 2018


Uber Lite Android App Launched in India, Available in Select Cities

Uber India Uber launches a low-data Lite app that's just 5MB in size
Conrad Doyle | 12 June, 2018, 21:35

Uber is touting a 300-millisecond response time for the app, and the company says Uber Lite will work on all Android phones.

Of course, the aim is not only to save digital hoarding room for "actual selfies and other apps", but also to support "spotty connectivity and slower than average internet speeds, on basic Android phones, and for people with limited data plans". 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.

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. Interestingly, Uber won't be the first taxi aggregator to have a Lite app in the Indian Market. One core difference between Uber and Uber Lite is that the latter doesn't come pre-loaded with Maps.

If you don't have space for the Uber app on your phone, a slimmed-down new app could be the answer. If it can't detect your location because of Global Positioning System or network issues, it guides you to choose popular landmarks nearby. Similarly, Uber Lite will also show options for drop points like your saved places or popular landmarks. After the cab is booked, you will be displayed with the driver's contact details. Users in these cities can join the waitlist to get early access to Uber Lite.

Uber Lite tick marks all necessary requirements for a Lite app but the real test will be done when it is used on poor internet connectivity.

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. Ola Lite is even smaller sized at just 1MB, and runs on devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop and above. The maps don't show up when you launch the app, but there's an option to bring them up. 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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