Omni channel travel, retail and fintech company, Via.com, has launched Lite version of its website for mobile browsing in India. The Lite version is aimed at helping users browse its website faster on their smart phones in areas with slow or poor internet connectivity.
Via Lite loads six times faster and provides a better experience to users in urban and rural areas with patchy networks. Another advantage of the Lite version is that it can be added as a bookmark on the mobile home screen. Other features include personalised notifications for the latest deals and vouchers and offline experience. The offline experience would mean that in case of flaky internet connection, users can also search offline. However, the offline experience is currently available only in the airlines segment. Via will extend this feature to the hotels, holidays and bus segment in the next three months.
The version that has been unveiled has led to an increase in mobile bookings by 200 per cent in just one week.
According to Varun Gupta, CTO, Via.com, this feature is primarily for consumers using slower internet connections. He said, “With powerful features like push notifications, offline access, add-to-home screen, fast page load and a smooth user interface, the main message is that you don’t need to choose between web or app. We are providing users with a frictionless and highly engaging experience on the mobile web.”
Via.com launched its mobile app last year and has launched many innovative features, including fare calendar, various payment gateways, etc since then. Progressive web app (PWA) is a new technology which is intended to help website operators to instil their mobile websites with features typically associated with mobile apps. Known for its penchant for innovation, Via is one of the few companies in India to join the PWA bandwagon.