Uber launches a low-data Lite app that's just 5MB in size


Expectedly, Uber Lite has a minimalist design, and maps are optional.

Uber on Tuesday launched a lighter and trimmed down version of its app in India. Uber also plans to expand this app to more countries later this year. Uber says that its app is optimised to work in connections as low as 2G in India.

At the moment, Uber Lite appears to be Android-only, and the company will be using India as a testing ground for the app before expanding it to other countries.

Uber is claiming a 300-millisecond response time on the application and is also claiming support for all Android phones.

Uber has decided that its existing app is a little too messy and a little too full of unnecessary cruft for its users who decide against spending big on smartphones and make do without the latest bells and whistles. If there are Global Positioning System or network issues, it will offer popular pickup points to choose from. Similarly, Uber Lite will also show options for drop points like your saved places or popular landmarks.

Guided pickups - Uber Lite guides users through the request experience by detecting their current location, so minimal typing is required. Through Uber Lite, users can pay in cash, requiring no card details or Paytm account. The company will be introducing more features soon with one being the choice of regional languages. That now includes a stripped-down Lite app "built in India" and "designed for the world", which occupies the equivalent storage space of "just 3 selfies". Ola Lite is even smaller sized at just 1MB, and runs on devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop and above. 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. 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.