Uber launches Uber Lite, a 5MB app for India

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

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 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. Uber also plans to expand this app to more countries 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. Interestingly, Uber won't be the first taxi aggregator to have a Lite app in the Indian Market.

The app automatically pulls in your location via Global Positioning System, and there's a textbox where you can enter your destination details. You can also choose to adjust your pickup location on the map.

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Yes, downloading Uber Lite will take up less than 5MB, rivaling the extreme lightness of similar bare bones versions of Facebook or Facebook Messenger also built primarily for India. After the cab is booked, you will be displayed with the driver's contact details. The company will be introducing more features soon with one being the choice of regional languages.

Among others, Uber Lite boasts a 300-millisecond response time (at least in theory), making the booking process a breeze, and offering guided pickups requiring minimal typing, maps "only when you want them", as well as caches of your city's top places so you don't need a network connectivity for them to surface. Ola Lite is even smaller sized at just 1MB, and runs on devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop and above. 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.

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