Uber is piloting a Lite version of its rider app in India

Lloyd Doyle
June 12, 2018

The app is essentially a stripped down version of the main Uber app with basic ride booking features. 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. Uber is claiming a 300-millisecond response time on the application and is also claiming support for all Android phones. Top destinations are cached so still set up a trip even when you're offline or the connection is spotty. Interestingly, Uber won't be the first taxi aggregator to have a Lite app in the Indian Market. Uber is launching the app in India today with a promise to roll it out soon to other countries as well. Uber Lite is now being piloted in three cities of Delhi, Jaipur, and Hyderabad and will be rolled out across the country soon. One core difference between Uber and Uber Lite is that the latter doesn't come pre-loaded with Maps.

The app automatically pulls in your location via Global Positioning System, and there's a textbox where you can enter your destination details. There is no Maps view with real-time auto tracking, and this app uses Global Positioning System location to find the rider if the network is lost.

You will then be offered with a list of rides to choose from along with the fare rates.


Similar to the original Uber app, the lite edition will also learn to give smarter recommendations to the users based on usage habits.

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.

Ride-sharing company Uber has launched its Uber Lite Android app in India. Ola Lite is even smaller sized at just 1MB, and runs on devices with Android 5.0 Lollipop and above. The app strips out the vehicle animations, and you don't even get the map view by default.

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