Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Uber is piloting a Lite version of its rider app in India

Uber is piloting a Lite version of its rider app in India

It's been created to save space, weighing in at only 5MB (or about three selfies as Uber's helpfully points out), and run on any Android phone. 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.

An overwhelming majority of phones sold in India are budget devices that retail for under $200, so it makes sense for Uber to launch a lightweight app that provides a better user experience. Uber is claiming a 300-millisecond response time on the application and is also claiming support for all Android phones. Instead, Uber Lite has a minimal design to keep it running quickly and smoothly. Uber is now getting in on the act, too. The app has basic features that let you book a ride fast, and get on with your journey.

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Keeping India's connectivity issues in mind, the Uber Lite app has a different interface that works for people even with limited data plans.

The app automatically pulls in your location via Global Positioning System, and there's a textbox where you can enter your destination details. 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. Even though in this version the map option is not visible by default to the users they will have the option of toggling it on or off if they wish to see the actual route. Ola Lite comes in at just 580KB, and offers most of the features of the full-fledged app.

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