Uber has given its app a major redesign for the first time in a long time, and the new version reflects the massively expanded service offering over the past few years. The updated Android and iOS apps focus on a new home screen that brings ridesharing and Uber Eats delivery together in one place, taking fewer steps to book trips or order food. There’s also a dedicated tab for all the services available in your city, so you don’t have to wonder what options are available.
The revision also promises more personalization. Tap the usual “Where to?” button and you’ll now see saved locations as well as recommendations for destinations and ride types based on your habits. If you normally reserve rides instead of booking locally, you may see other scheduled options. An activity hub shows all your past and future Uber usage.
The upgrade also brings some long-awaited Live Activities features for iPhone users. Anyone using iOS 16 can now see live ride progress on their phone’s lock screen. And if you happen to have an iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max, you’ll see these driving updates centered around the Dynamic Island (read: front camera cutout) while the device is unlocked. You don’t have to wait for notifications to know when it’s time to head out the door.
The app is available from today. Uber tells Engadget that the Eats app is “going nowhere” and that the iPhone-specific upgrades will reach this software in “the coming months.” The consistent experience across the main app doesn’t exactly come as a shock, though. Uber now handles bikes, scooters, package delivery, groceries, and many other services that go beyond simple car and restaurant orders. The app redesign can help you discover deals you didn’t know were available or encourage you to try features that previously felt like too much of a hassle.
Such post-processing may be necessary. While Uber announced higher bookings and profit margins for 2022, its delivery business grew by just 6 percent over the year. The harmonized app won’t necessarily improve Uber’s bottom line, but it could encourage delivery orders from customers who wouldn’t otherwise have tried a feature like Eats.
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