Google Maps drops the ability to book Uber rides in the app

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However as spotted by Android Police, it appears that users will no longer be able to hail an Uber from Google Maps. But if that app is Uber, it seems like you won't be able to do so anymore, either by design or they are still fixing a bug that has accidentally removed it.

Interestingly, when we checked the Google Maps app on an Android device, the Uber option was not present at all.

Google has offered one of the easiest ways to book an Uber ride-until now. However, for reasons now unknown, Google just removed that integration. It wasn't even necessary to have the Uber app installed.

The image showed the Uber employee that he could request a ride "now" (4:56pm local time) for $10.18, or wait until 5pm and pay $8.15, about 25% less. Still, it wasn't a free-for-all: Google worked with specific companies on a country by country basis. It is worth pointing out that the direct-booking for Uber on Google Maps was not a smooth ride.

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In January past year, a massive Google Maps update allowed users to book Uber rides directly from the app. Users were able to search for locations, book Uber rides to that destination, and pay for the trip all within Google Maps without even needing for the Uber app to be installed.

It is not clear why Google and Uber which company took the decision to shut it down. The Verge points out Alphabet's venture capital wing holds a large investment in Lyft.

Note that, Google also put money into Uber, way back in 2013.

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