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Uber Lite Android App Launched in India, Available in Select Cities

Uber Lite Android App Launched in India, Available in Select Cities”

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.

Uber on Tuesday launched a lighter and trimmed down version of its app in India.

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".

The app is now part of pilot scheme in India, the country where it was built, but should be available in more markets later in the year. Usually, it is the case that consumers have to face issues like poor internet connectivity and low storage, in such cases the Uber Lite app is going to come in handy. The app is sized lesser than 5MB and is compatible with phones running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and higher. "The result is Uber Lite", said Deng.

Uber has decided that its existing app is a little too messy and a little too full of unnecessary cruft for its users who decide against spending big on smartphones and make do without the latest bells and whistles. If it can't detect your location because of Global Positioning System or network issues, it guides you to choose popular landmarks nearby. You can also choose to adjust your pickup location on the map.

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. Through Uber Lite, users can pay in cash, requiring no card details or Paytm account.

That's why today, we're introducing Uber Lite: built in India, designed for the world. Ola Lite is even smaller sized at just 1MB, and runs on devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop and above. The maps don't show up when you launch the app, but there's an option to bring them up.

Uber says it's also working on local language support, a progress bar that will let you follow your cab's progress, and the ability to book a ride even when you're offline.



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