Google removes Uber integration in Maps with no explanation

Yolanda Curtis
June 19, 2018

By pulling the plug on it, Uber is relegated to the same footing as other ridesharing services, like Lyft and Gett.

Until now, when you're on the go and looking at transportation options in Google Maps, you were able to request an Uber ride directly from the Google Maps app.

Google is constantly adding new features and functionality to its array of mobile apps, which is why today's news is so surprising. Fortunately, that feature's not going anywhere.However, the ability to book trips with Uber from within Maps, which Google introduced in January 2017, is. 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.

Either way, you'll need the Uber app, which you can download from the Play Store by clicking the button below, if you want to continue using Uber rides. This amalgamation of services made it so users didn't even have to open the Uber app to book a ride. On Monday, Android Police was one of the first to notice that Google has updated its online documentation to clarify that the ability to request a ride via Uber within the app has been deactivated. If that is the case, then this integration removal has nothing to do with Google at all.

As per a report by The Verge, Google has now officially removed the direct book feature from their Google Maps app. Google removed the feature from that other platform's app not too long ago as well.

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

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