'Built in India', Uber Lite is 'designed for the world'

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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. India being a big market for the American convenience giant, the company has now made a decision to bring a lite version of the original Uber application.

Consequently, the company has announced Uber Lite, a new app that does away with a lot of the visual eye candy and makes way for a simpler interface that it claims would serve to summon cabs quickly even with limited connectivity, in 2G networks to boot. Uber has also confirmed that the Lite app will be able to work better in areas with bad or unstable network connectivity.

Uber Lite has been built with India in mind - where it's now being piloted - but it will be coming to other regions around the world later on. 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. And the more you use Uber Lite, the smarter the app gets, learning where you go most often and surfacing those options for you to tap first, so you don't have to type your destination every time. Rather, one can choose Global Positioning System co-ordinates and a number of alternate pickup-points suggested by the app. You can also choose to adjust your pickup location on the map.

You will then be offered with a list of rides to choose from along with the fare rates. Uber Lite also gives users the option to share their ride status with other contacts, or access the emergency contacts.

Uber Lite was designed in India. Ola Lite is even smaller sized at just 1MB, and runs on devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop and above.

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.