Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Uber launches Lite app for developing markets

Uber launches Lite app for developing markets

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 has also confirmed that the Lite app will be able to work better in areas with bad or unstable network connectivity. Uber Lite is now being piloted in three cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Hyderabad and will be rolled out across the country soon. Interestingly, Uber won't be the first taxi aggregator to have a Lite app in the Indian Market.

Uber Lite is now being trialed in India, which is likely to be its most popular market, and more features such as language selection and offline requesting are coming soon. If it can't detect your location because of Global Positioning System or network issues, it guides you to choose popular landmarks nearby. The map view that we all know from Uber will not display by default, to keep the app running smoothly, but you can still tap the option to bring it up at any time.

Similar to the original Uber app, the lite edition will also learn to give smarter recommendations to the users based on usage habits.

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In comparison, Ola Lite has a lot going on in the app and even comes with ride options for rentals and outstation.

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.

Uber says it's also working on local language support, a progress bar that will let you follow your cab's progress, and the ability to book a ride even when you're offline.

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