OYO Hotels and Homes on Thursday introduced its OYO Lite app, a lightweight version of its hotel-booking app directed at users in regions with low connectivity and poor network which also keeps all of the functionalities of their OYO app.
The Delhi-based hospitality unicorn stated the app is now live and accessible to Android consumers globally. However, the firm didn’t specify if OYO Lite could be made on other mobile platforms.
“Oyo Lite has been designed as a solution to connectivity and storage constraints on phones. We feel that this product would be ideal for travelers who are remotely connected to the Internet as well as those with basic smartphones,” said Anil Goel, Chief Technology Officer, OYO Hotels & Homes in a statement released to the press.
OYO Lite is significantly less than 800 KB in size and is significantly less than seven percent of their regular OYO app, which can help manage the absence of storage capability on fundamental smartphones too.
SoftBank-led OYO is after the steps of other big technology companies which have established’lite’ versions of its apps, such as Facebook and Ola.
India’s smartphone consumers have problems with comparatively slow 4G download rates due to network congestion, based on some 2019 report from OpenSignal.
The company recently introduced an in-app SoS button because of its patrons to ensure in the event of any crisis, guests may get immediate assistance from hotel staff and call local law enforcement authorities.
OYO has been on an aggressive expansion stage. In February, the firm launched in Japan and in March that the firm said that it would invest Rs 1,400 crore in its own India and South Asia companies. OYO also reported that a three-fold growth in earnings to Rs 415 crore in FY18, based on its newest filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC).
The provider is now present in over 800 cities around 24 countries such as the UK, the US, and China.