Smaller, lighter ’Uber Lite’ launched in South Africa

On 24 January 2019 at 02:30

Uber South Africa has launched ’Uber Lite’, a condensed app that promises a 300-millisecond process time, the time it takes to blink an eye, in low connectivity environments.

Designed to make booking rides easier in low connectivity and slower than average internet speeds, Uber Lite, will be rolled out in South Africa today.

The new application retains the core functionality of the current app, and includes critical safety features - but it works faster in low connectivity areas, and for people with limited data plans. It will be ten times smaller than the current app at just 5MB - roughly the size of three selfies.

According to Alon Lits, General Manager for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa, the introduction of lighter Uber App responds to the South African market and other key markets around the world.

“Every day, hundreds of thousands of South Africans rely on Uber for mobility and work, and we understand that a one-size-fits-all app doesn’t work for the diversity of network conditions, devices, and rider needs across the country,” said Alon Lits, GM for Uber Sub-Saharan Africa.

“After extensive research with our riders, it was obvious we couldn’t just make a smaller copy of Uber. We needed to reimagine the experience for South Africa and key markets around the world. The result is Uber Lite. A completely redesigned app that is light, simple, and works on any Android device and on any network.” He added

Uber Lite was first rolled out in over 600 cities in India in 2018.