India is one of Uber's largest markets, and the ride-sharing service is doubling down in the country with a new lightweight version of its app. It's been created to save space, weighing in at only 5MB (or about three selfies as Uber's helpfully points out), and run on any Android phone.
The Uber Lite app will be less than 5 MB and will be supported on Android 4.1 and above. Uber has also confirmed that the Lite app will be able to work better in areas with bad or unstable network connectivity. The app is made keeping in mind emerging markets, and India is the first place the company has chose to launch it. Uber Lite has been made available in Jaipur, Hyderabad, and Delhi for now.
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". If it can't detect your location because of Global Positioning System or network issues, it guides you to choose popular landmarks nearby.
If you don't have space for the Uber app on your phone, a slimmed-down new app could be the answer.
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. The Uber Lite app which cuts down on the heavy animation and the default map view will prove useful for users who are low on storage and are on a slow internet connection.
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.
In comparison, Ola Lite has a lot going on in the app and even comes with ride options for rentals and outstation.