Date
25 September 2018
Uber said the simple version of its ride-hailing app works despite weak connectivity and low internet speed. Photo: Reuters
Uber said the simple version of its ride-hailing app works despite weak connectivity and low internet speed. Photo: Reuters

Uber launches simple version of app in India

Uber has rolled out a simple version of its ride-hailing app in India, which it also plans to introduce in other emerging markets later this year.

Uber Lite, launched in the subcontinent on Tuesday, is less than 5MB, compatible with any network, and works on any basic Android phone, The Verge reported.

It has a “reimagined interface” which was designed in such a way that makes booking rides “easier and quicker” despite weak connectivity and “slower than average internet speed” on basic Android smartphones, even those with limited data plans, according to the company’s press statement. 

This simple version, which has a response time of 300 milliseconds, has several new features, including guiding users through the request experience by detecting their current location.

It “caches the city’s top places” so that no internet access is necessary even when it goes offline, the company said.

Uber Lite becomes smarter if it is used more. It can learn the destinations users go to most often and displays those options to them.

Maps in this simple version are optional but available with just a tap. A progress bar that helps users “follow the driver’s progress” if they prefer not to load the map will be also available soon.

The company also said it would soon offer updates such as the ability for users to select their preferred language for the app and request a ride even when they are offline.

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