Uber today launched Uber Lite, a lighter version to compliment the Uber app, and which has been manufactured entirely in India. It is going to be available to users in Jaipur, Delhi and Hyderabad, and will then branch out to other states. It is also going to be made accessible to other countries. One of the most promising features of Uber Lite is that it is only 5 MB to download, and comes with a 300-millisecond response time, even if the connectivity is low. It is also going to work easily on 99 percent of android phones, which will come as a relief to most users.
Manik Gupta, Vice President Product, VP and Head of Product, Uber, talked about the app, saying, “We have over 75 million monthly active riders, which is a tiny fraction of the world’s population. With such a huge growth opportunity outside of the US, we are committed to building for the next hundreds of millions of riders.”
“After extensive research with our riders, it was obvious we couldn’t just make a smaller copy of Uber. We needed to reimagine the experience for India and key markets around the world. The result is Uber Lite.”
The other features of the app include the availability of critical security button. It has also the core of the Uber app. The app works in much the same way in finding the location of the user, and if the GPS is not functional properly, it then is going to lead you to a landmark or place that is near the location. The company states that, “To keep the app light and fast, maps in Uber Lite are not loaded by default, but are available with a tap when you need them.” The App seems to be very specifically made with keeping in mind the wishes of the users, so, it should be at least given a chance trial, if only to check its different functions.