At Uber Tech Day 2.0 the company announced a lite version of the app for developing markets. The new Uber Lite app will allow users to have the same experience but will have a smaller footprint. Uber has also confirmed that the Lite app will be able to work better in areas with bad or unstable network connectivity.
The Uber Lite app will be less than 5 MB and will be supported on Android 4.1 and above. Interestingly, Uber won’t be the first taxi aggregator to have a Lite app in the Indian Market. Uber’s competitor Ola launched their Lite app last year weighs just 2 MB. The launch of Lite apps from major taxi companies means users with bad network connectivity or with a significantly older device can still use it without any issues.
We continue to see exponential growth outside of the U.S., and are thinking a lot about about building for the next hundreds of millions of riders who we hope will choose Uber to get around.
That’s why today, we’re introducing Uber Lite: built in India, designed for the world. Uber Lite is a simple version of the rider app that saves space, works on any network, and on any Android phone.
Uber Lite will have features like Ride tracking, Emergency SOS Calling, Maps On-demand, Tap over Type, and Guided Pickups. Uber is launching the app in India today with a promise to roll it out soon to other countries as well. As of now, Uber Lite is available in Delhi, Hyderabad, and Jaipur but the company plans to expand it to more cities soon. You can head to Uber’s website and sign in as a beta user to get the app right away.