By Prince Osuagwu
Technology platform, Uber, recently, launched a new package called Uber Lite, saying it would offer its teeming customers simpler and faster connectivity.
Uber described the new package as ‘the new, lighter way to Uber.’
It said the redesigned Uber app will use less storage space and quicker in connectivity when booking rides and will be available to all android devices.
General Manager Uber, West Africa, Lola Kassim, said: “At Uber, we believe anyone, anywhere should be able to get a ride and after in-depth research, users expressed a need for a lighter app, which uses less data and requires less storage space. Thus, I’m pleased to announce Uber Lite, which we believe will provide broad access to Uber while creating greater opportunity for everyone.”
She explained that the new app interfaces were designed to make booking rides quicker and lighter in low connectivity, on basic Android phones, and for people with limited data plans.
Kassim listed unique features of the new app to include: Light on your phone: Uber Lite is less than 5MB to download. A smaller app frees up space for actual selfies and other apps. With a 300-millisecond response time, literally the blink of the eye, the booking process is fast even in low connectivity.
Guided pickups: Uber Lite guides users through the request experience by detecting their current location, so minimal typing is required. If it can’t detect your location because of GPS or network issues, it guides you to choose popular landmarks nearby like the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, or Millenium Park in Abuja.
Tap over type: Uber Lite makes picking a rider destination as easy as a tap of a button. Instead of the rider typing where he or she is, he or she can choose a nearby point of interest. Additionally, the app stores the city’s top places so that even when a user is offline, no network is needed to download the map.
Maps on demand: 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.
She added that Uber Lite has in-app support, critical safety features and retains the core functionality of the rider app