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

Uber launches 5MB Uber Lite app in India

The company announced a more compact 5MB version of its ride-hailing app on Tuesday, which keeps the core functions of the service, but strips away the bells and whistles. Uber Lite, as the name suggests is small in size and is optimised for phones with low connectivity and older Android OS. Uber is claiming a 300-millisecond response time on the application and is also claiming support for all Android phones.

On top of that, Uber Lite caches a city's top pickup places when you're offline, so you don't even need a network connection to bring them up. Uber Lite is now being piloted in three cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Hyderabad and will be rolled out across the country soon. 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 is launching the app in India today with a promise to roll it out soon to other countries as well. There is no Maps view with real-time vehicle tracking, and this app uses Global Positioning System location to find the rider if the network is lost. If there are Global Positioning System or network issues, it will offer popular pickup points to choose from. Uber Lite also gives users the option to share their ride status with other contacts, or access the emergency contacts. Through Uber Lite, users can pay in cash, requiring no card details or Paytm account. The app still features in-app support and you'll still be able to share your trip with friends and family, but it has a redesigned interface that relies less heavily on Global Positioning System and live access to maps. The app has basic features that let you book a ride fast, and get on with your journey.

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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.

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