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Uber Lite Android App Now Lets You Book Pool Rides, Make Payments via Paytm

Uber Lite Android App Now Lets You Book Pool Rides, Make Payments via Paytm

Uber Lite app has been updated to version 1.21.10001 with the ability to book Pool rides

  • Uber Lite has been updated with a Pool ride option
  • It also allows you to make payments using Paytm
  • The updated Uber Lite app is 5.4MB in size

Uber Lite Android app has received an update that brings the ability to let you book Pool rides. The updated Uber Lite app also adds Paytm as a payment method. This new payment method sits alongside cash. Uber launched the lightweight app back in June with an aim to attract new users in India. It was initially tested in three markets, including Delhi, Hyderabad, and Jaipur. The Uber Lite app is touted to be less than 5MB in size and is claimed to offer 300 milliseconds of response time. It is designed to offer cab booking on low-speed, 2G networks.

With the new update (version 1.21.10001), you can book Pool rides using the Uber Lite app for Android. This means you don't need to have the ‘full' Uber app to opt for the Uber Pool service and can avail the lower cost alternative using the lightweight, resource-friendly app.

To book an Uber Pool ride using the Uber Lite app, all you need to do is select your pickup point, pick your destination, and then select the Pool option from the list of vehicles available for your place. The app also shows the charges you'll have to pay to book a Pool ride using the Uber Lite app. This means you can see the difference in picking up the Pool option against other ride options such as the UberGo and Premier. Moreover, you can choose up to two seats after tapping the Pool option.

Uber has also finally brought the option to use Paytm for making payments of the rides you booked using the Uber Lite app. The Paytm integration was in anticipation since the launch of the Uber Lite app that debuted in June. Prior to the update, the app had cash as the only payment method.

To leverage the new integration, you can switch from the default cash payment method to Paytm after selecting the vehicle option. You can anytime move back to the cash method by tapping the Paytm method. Uber confirmed the arrival of the new payment method at the time of launching the Uber Lite app.

The updated Uber Lite app is available for download through Google Play. The app is 5.4MB in size and is compatible with devices running Android 4.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and above.

Disclosure: Paytm's parent company One97 is an investor in Gadgets 360.


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Jagmeet Singh
Jagmeet Singh writes about consumer technology for Gadgets 360, out of New Delhi. Jagmeet is a principal correspondent for Gadgets 360, and has frequently written about apps, computer security, Internet services, and telecom developments. Jagmeet is available on Twitter at @JagmeetS13 or Email at jagmeets@ndtv.com. Please send in your leads and tips. More
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