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Ola, Google launches PWA for rural users

Dipen Pradhan, New Delhi
19/05/2017   0 Comments

India's mobile transportation app Ola in partnership with search engine giant Google, has launched “Progressive Web App” (PWA) –a lightweight mobile website that offers users, especially in smaller towns and cities, an app-like experience on simple smartphones, requiring a fraction of the data used by native apps to book cabs. 

The announcement was made at Google I/O developer conference held in San Francisco on Thursday.

The Co-Founder and CTO of Ola, Ankit Bhati, said: “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.” 

Ola’s PWA, consumes only 50 kilobyte data on first payload and 10 kilobyte on subsequent loads, Ola said in an official statement. 

The Vice-President (Product Management) of Chrome, Google, Rahul Roy Chowdhury, said: “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,” Chowdhury added.
 

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