Uber launches Uber Lite, a 5MB app for India

Irving Hamilton
June 12, 2018

Uber Lite is a simple version of the rider app that saves space, works on any network, and on any Android phone.

The Uber Lite app will be less than 5 MB and will be supported on Android 4.1 and above.

With Uber Lite and any other "Lite" app, the aim is to provide users with the service even on low internet connectivity and older phones.

The UI of Uber Lite is interestingly more appealing than its parent app. India being a big market for the American convenience giant, the company has now chose to bring a lite version of the original Uber application. The app will continue rolling out across India this summer, and in other countries around the globe later this year. One core difference between Uber and Uber Lite is that the latter doesn't come pre-loaded with Maps. There is no Maps view with real-time vehicle tracking, and this app uses Global Positioning System location to find the rider if the network is lost.

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Uber Lite first shows your location along with popular nearby places to make choosing a pickup zone easier.

Yes, downloading Uber Lite will take up less than 5MB, rivaling the extreme lightness of similar bare bones versions of Facebook or Facebook Messenger also built primarily for India. The new Uber Lite app will allow users to have the same experience but will have a smaller footprint.

Uber Lite has been built with India in mind - where it's now being piloted - but it will be coming to other regions around the world later on.

Uber Lite tick marks all necessary requirements for a Lite app but the real test will be done when it is used on poor internet connectivity. The app strips out the vehicle animations, and you don't even get the map view by default. 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.

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