At the Uber Tech Day 2.0, the company has announced the Uber Lite app that is made to work in countries where the majority of the users still are using older smartphones and have a unstable network connectivity.
Uber is a native Android app made by Uber to make it easy for users who wanted a lighter app, as it is less than 5MP in size. The app is said to be working in low connectivity situations as well, and the data required on the app is very less. The Uber Lite is simpler to use and there are a few features such as Maps On-demand, Tap over Type, Guided Pickups, and connected rides that are a part of the app.
The app also has the “Share Status” feature that will help share the status of the trip to your contacts, and there is the “Emergency SOS Calling” to help call emergency numbers like the police in case that is required. In the future updates, there will also be the language selection with different local languages to be made available.
The first market to have the Uber Lite app as the pilot project is India, and initially, there are three cities where the app will work – Delhi, Hyderabad, and Jaipur. The app will be available starting today, and that would be a Beta app for now, and if you want to try it out, the option for that is available on Uber.com. The payment, for now, is cash only, but Uber plans to add India’s popular Paytm payment platform and credit card options anytime soon.
The Uber Lite is going to be available for Android devices with over Android 4.1 OS. Interestingly, the major rival for Uber in India, OlaCabs has a Lite app already available with the size of less than 2MB.