Uber launches new app

The new app, which is aimed at space-saving, is built in India. The company claims that the app also works in low connectivity areas and on 99% of Android devices, the company said in a statement. Reuters file photo

Cab aggregator Uber has announced the launch of Uber Lite, a revamped version of the rider app, at Uber’s Tech Day 2.0 on Tuesday.

The new app, which is aimed at space-saving, is built in India. The company claims that the app also works in low connectivity areas and on 99% of Android devices, the company said in a statement.

The launch of Uber Lite also further reiterates Uber’s investment in India and their commitment to continue innovating in India, for India and the world, according to the company.

The app comes with four primary features -- light on your phone, guided pickups, tap over type, and maps on demand.

Uber Lite is less than 5 MB to download -- that’s equivalent to just three selfies.

To keep the app light and fast, maps in Uber Lite are not loaded by default, but are available with a tap when you need them.

“We have over 75 million monthly active riders, which is a tiny fraction of the world’s population. With such a huge growth opportunity outside of the US, we are committed to building for the next hundreds of millions of riders. To better serve them, we are doubling down on building and designing products entirely in India — Uber Lite is our biggest launch yet on this journey, " Manik Gupta, Vice President Product, VP and Head of Product, Uber, said.

Uber Lite guides users through the request experience by detecting their current location, so minimal typing is required. 

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