India is one of Uber's largest markets, and the ride-sharing service is doubling down in the country with a new lightweight version of its app. Uber Lite is a simple version of the rider app that saves space, works on any network, and on any Android phone. Uber is launching the app in India today with a promise to roll it out soon to other countries as well.
Among others, Uber Lite boasts a 300-millisecond response time (at least in theory), making the booking process a breeze, and offering guided pickups requiring minimal typing, maps "only when you want them", as well as caches of your city's top places so you don't need a network connectivity for them to surface. 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 piloted in three cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Hyderabad and will be rolled out across the country soon. The app is sized lesser than 5MB and is compatible with phones running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and higher.
Tap over type - Uber Lite makes picking your destination as easy as a tap of a button. "The result is Uber Lite", said Deng.
Similar to the original Uber app, the lite edition will also learn to give smarter recommendations to the users based on usage habits. 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.
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You will then be offered with a list of rides to choose from along with the fare rates.
"Uber Lite" guides users through the request experience by detecting their current location.
That's why today, we're introducing Uber Lite: built in India, designed for the world. The app strips out the vehicle animations, and you don't even get the map view by default. 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.