Uber launches Lite app for developing markets

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

Uber Lite, as the name suggests is small in size and is optimised for phones with low connectivity and older Android OS. 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.

Many other accessibility-focused features are in the pipeline, as Uber Lite is now rolling out in India only as part of a "pilot" program, with "more countries" to gain support "later this year".

Uber says the Lite version of the app will work on any Android phone and on any network, as well as taking up the equivalent of three selfies in space. The app is sized lesser than 5MB and is compatible with phones running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and higher. One core difference between Uber and Uber Lite is that the latter doesn't come pre-loaded with Maps. If it can't accurately pinpoint your location (due to Global Positioning System or network issues) it will offer you nearby pickup points that might work for you.

When you open the app, you won't see a map with little Uber cars zipping around.

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You will then be offered with a list of rides to choose from along with the fare rates.

Uber Lite isn't available on the Play Store just yet, but you can fill up the form below to be the first to try out the app in early access.

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 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.

At Uber Tech Day 2.0 the company announced a lite version of the app for developing markets. The app has basic features that let you book a ride fast, and get on with your journey.

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