‘Uber Lite’ launched in India: Now book cabs even on 2G connections

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New Delhi, June 12: To encourage more people to join its platform, global online cab service Uber on Tuesday launched “Uber Lite” — a lighter version of the main rider app that has been built and designed in India. 

“Uber Lite” will pilot first for Android users in Jaipur, Hyderabad and Delhi and roll out across the country this summer before its launch in other countries.

Uber says that its app is optimised to work in connections as low as 2G in India. The app is sized lesser than 5MB and is compatible with phones running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and higher.

“Uber Lite” is less than 5MB to download and has a 300-millisecond response time even in low-connectivity areas and works on 99 per cent of Android devices, the company said in a statement.

“We have over 75 million monthly active riders, which is a tiny fraction of the world’s population. With such a huge growth opportunity outside of the US, we are committed to building for the next hundreds of millions of riders,” said Manik Gupta, Vice President Product, VP and Head of Product, Uber.

The lighter app was launched during “Uber’s Tech Day 2.0” here in the presence of Peter Deng, Head of Rider Product, Uber.

“After extensive research with our riders, it was obvious we couldn’t just make a smaller copy of Uber. We needed to reimagine the experience for India and key markets around the world. The result is Uber Lite,” said Deng.

The app retains the core functionality of the rider app, has in-app support and includes critical safety features, such as an emergency button and the ability to share your trip with friends and family.

How Uber Lite works:

“Uber Lite” guides users through the request experience by detecting their current location.

If it can’t detect your location because of GPS or network issues, it guides you to choose popular landmarks nearby.

You will then be offered with a list of rides to choose from along with the fare rates. After the cab is booked, you will be displayed with the driver’s contact details. Uber Lite also gives users the option to share their ride status with other contacts, or access the emergency contacts.

Additionally, the app stores the city’s top places so that even when you are offline, no network is needed for them to appear.

“To keep the app light and fast, maps in Uber Lite are not loaded by default, but are available with a tap when you need them,” said the company.

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