Uber has launched `Uber Lite`, a slimmed down version of its ride-hailing app in Tanzania.
The company announced on March 19th, adding that the app is also available in these markets for Android users.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam during the launch, the Uber Sub-Saharan Africa General Manager Alon Lits said after extensive study they redesigned the entire user experience to be simpler based on the riders` suggestions. The app enables users to book a ride irrespective of the quality of their internet connection citing low connectivity (2G) on basic android phones and people with limited data plans.
`At less than 5MB download size, Uber Lite enables those with basic smartphones operating in spotty network conditions to book a ride and start their journey – all in a matter of seconds. Not only does the lighter version of the app reduce data consumption, it does so without sacrificing on any of its main functionalities. In fact, some of its features work even when the app is not connected to the internet ` said Lits.
He further stated how the app trials proved pretty sleek. The home screen shows you your current location (as text) and nearby pickup points, and you obviously have the option to type it in. Once you confirm the pickup location, you’re then asked to type in or select your destination. And then choose the vehicle type on the next screen where you could also see the estimated fare for different types of Uber vehicles. The app then allows you to choose the payment method (credit card or cash) and book the ride. Once the ride has been accepted by an Uber driver, you can see the Estimated Time of Arrival (ETA). The maps and tracking are not loaded by default but can be accessed by the users with a tap whenever they need them.
The app is now available in Tanzania and Uganda following a similar launch in Kenya and South Africa in January this year. Overall, the Uber network is available in over 600 cities in over 65 countries.