For those who have a slow or patchy internet connection, Uber has got your problem solved. Uber, today, announced Uber Lite, a light weight version of the cab service app. This is mainly focused to millions of those, who have “spotty connectivity” or “limited data plans”.
The app will help riders by using a progress bar instead of a map to show how close the driver is. It will also show popular pickup points when it can’t detect a rider’s location.
Ola, which is Uber’s Main rival in India, also launched its own lite app which uses less than 1 MB of space on smartphones.
Uber Lite will work on all Android phones, which account for the vast majority of the Indian market. The company, however, didn’t comment upon bringing this app to iOS as iPhone devices already come with beefed up specs and can easily handle the original Uber App.
Uber said it wants to capture the “next hundreds of millions of riders” in India who will be coming online through low-cost smartphones and cheap data plans.
The app will soon add multiple language choices — a key feature in India with its dozens of regional languages — and the ability to book rides offline.
Uber Lite will be expanded to more countries later this year, the company said.