Google Maps for iOS, Android gains full Uber support


In addition to the new Uber-specific features, Google Maps has also updated the interface showing the types of ride options you have where you are located.

Don't have enough space on your phone for the Uber app?

Google's making it way easier and simpler to hail an Uber with Google Maps. In a post on the official blog today, Google announced you'll now be able to search, browse, request, and pay for an Uber directly from Google Maps. You don't even have to have the Uber or Lyft apps to hail a ride, though you will need an active account.

Google Maps is providing a big update for ride sharers: direct booking integration. A year after Google Maps added a ride services mode to its popular app, it's making yet another improvement that will make it simpler still for you to hop in a auto, bound for your next adventure. This of course does require you to be logged into your Uber account.

Uber makes it relatively easy for developers to build this kind of integrations into their apps. Clicking on a service will pull up ride options as well as any special offers or promotions. After picking a destination in Google Maps, next to the "car" and "mass transit" tabs is a ride sharing tab. Not only is the ride services portion of Google Maps much better looking, it's also much more useful, letting you see the various rides and promos available to you.



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