Uber has released a substantial revamp of its app, the company’s first in a long time, in a move that reflects the company’s rapid growth in recent years. The latest update, which is available for both Android and iOS, focuses on a redesigned home page that combines ridesharing and Uber Eats delivery in one spot, requiring fewer steps to plan trips or buy meals. Also, there’s a separate page that highlights all the services offered in the user’s city, so clients no longer need to worry about their possibilities.
The makeover seeks to provide additional customization. Customers may see bookmarked locations as well as recommendations for destinations and transportation types based on their behaviours by tapping the “where to?” button. Clients that often reserve rides rather than booking on the spot may see additional planned alternatives. An activity centre lists all previous and upcoming Uber usage.
The new update also includes some much-anticipated Live Activities capabilities for iPhone users. Anybody using iOS 16 may now view real-time riding progress on their lock screen. While the iPhone 14 Pro or Pro Max is unlocked, customers will view ride updates around the Dynamic Island (front camera cutout) without having to wait for notifications.
According to Uber, the Eats app “isn’t going anywhere,” and iPhone-specific enhancements will be available in the coming months. The unified experience of the main app isn’t surprising, given that Uber now provides bikes, scooters, package deliveries, groceries, and a variety of other services in addition to vehicle hailing and restaurant ordering. The app revamp may assist users in discovering services they were previously unaware of, or it may inspire them to attempt features that previously appeared too hard.
The revamp may be essential for Uber. Despite improved bookings and profit margins in 2022, the company’s delivery business gained just 6% over the year. While the unified app is not certain to increase Uber’s revenue, it may stimulate delivery orders from users who might not have tried Eats otherwise. The software is now free to download.