Ola announces Progressive Web App, a smaller, faster cab booking app

Ola cabs announces the launch of a shiny new Progressive Web App to enable data-limited users to access the service faster and cheaper.

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Ola cabs announced the launch of a shiny new progressive web app that enables users to book cabs without consuming much internet data. The announcement comes off with Google collaboration at the the Google I/O 2017 event.

Progressive Web Apps are easily one of the best creations in web tech and allows users to experience a native-app-like attitude, at the least of internet data expenses and at the least of storage needs. At the company’s view, this app is aimed at improving conversion for users have limited data connectivity. This will help the company attract users in tier 2 and tier 3 cities better.

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The newest Progressive Web App announced by Ola cabs is available for all at the time of writing this post and is ready for use. It allows any Ola cab user to book a cab with the click of a button, and it needs internet connectivity to work. Users can book cabs on an on-demand basis or schedule rides for later. Outstation and Rentals are available too.

Related: Ola cabs also allows users to book cabs on their native mobile app without internet connectivity. It works on the basis of sharing your location coordinates with Ola servers by SMS.

The launch of PWA technology represents another milestone in Ola’s commitment to building innovative technology that is made for India.   As the first ride-hailing app in the APAC region that is using PWA technology, this represents an important development that will enable us to reach an ever greater number of customers and driver partners in rural India. We have always said that addressing market needs is a key priority and this launch takes us one step further in our commitment to providing mobility for a billion Indians. – Ankit Bhati, co-founder and CTO at Ola cabs

On launching Ola cabs’ Progressive Web App (open this link on your mobile web browser), you can enter your pickup and drop points to book any cab of your choice. On first glance, it looks like Ola isn’t stripping off any kind of vehicle off this medium. All the vehicle choices on Ola’s fleet are available on their progressive web app: Micro, Mini, Prime, Share, Lux and Auto.

At Google, we are deeply committed to making the mobile web better for everyone. Our PWA journey began a few years ago and we are delighted to see the traction this technology has had, especially in mobile-first countries like India. It’s exciting to see Ola create their PWA, which will ensure their users have an engaging experience from the very first moment. – Rahul Roy-Chowdhury, VP of product management, Chrome, Google

This mobile web app would require a login into your Ola cabs account to book your cabs. You can also see the cab rate cards and talk to Ola cabs support right there with a menu at the top left.

This app will work with all major mobile web browsers – Google Chrome, Firefox and more. You can also click the Add to Homescreen button to launch the app faster, whenever you need it. The app costs as much as 50kB of payload on first open and around 10kB of payload on successive launches. The app is sized at 0.5MB.