Booking Uber rides no longer possible via Google Maps on Android

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In early 2016, it opened that up to some of Uber's rivals, adding a Services tab. Users were able to enter a location, identify their route, then check Uber prices and request a ride without ever leaving the Maps app.

This partnership seemed to have expanded even further this year a version of Google Maps Beta was found to be able to create an Uber account directly. Come early 2017, meanwhile, Google Maps integrated Uber trip bookings, allowing the whole ride to be managed from within the app rather than requiring a handover to Uber's own software on the phone. Which is why Google partnered up with Uber so they could integrate the company's ride-sharing service directly into the Google Maps application. That button will take you directly to the Uber app if you have it installed on your mobile device. Another possible reason for the separation could be due to Google's recent $1 billion investment in Lyft; Uber's main competitor in the USA market.

This means that users who previously used Google Maps to book Uber rides will now need to use the standalone Uber app for Android to continue using the platform. "But you can still look up the route in the Maps app and then request the ride from the Uber app". This meant less steps for users which could also help drive the number Uber rides.

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Uber has certainly changed how people get around.

Google has removed the ability to book an Uber ride from inside Google Maps. This particular feature will no longer work as of the latest app updates.

Or you could just use Lyft, which still has Google Maps integration and has a much better company track record.

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