The company claims that the PWA version takes only 50 KB of data on the first payload and 10 KB on subsequent loads. The web app loads in 3.4 seconds on a 2G network for the first time and takes less than a second to load again using cache.
The progressive web app is not only expected to help Ola reach out to consumers with low-end smartphones and inadequate storage or slow mobile Internet connection, but also outstation travellers moving through patchy network zones, among others, the company said.
In October last year, Ola integrated an offline booking feature to its app that allowed customers to book a cab using text message service.
The current development comes at a time when Ola seems to be losing ground to Uber Technologies Inc, at least in the top seven cities.
In a recent report by a research firm KalaGato Pte Ltd., Uber move past Ola on the basis of app downloads in the seven biggest cities in March.
Uber accounted for 47.3% of all cab- hailing apps installed, higher than the 43.7% for Ola, at the end of March, according to data from KalaGato.
Ola currently operates in 110 Indian cities as against Uber’s 29. Both companies
generate more than 80% of their business from the top 10 cities.