Maps are symbolic by their nature, but that doesn't mean that those symbols can't be user friendly. Ride-sharing company Lyft seems to have applied that principle to the custom maps in its Android application. The latest app update adds new features to the map you use when searching for a ride - now the little car markers on the map will be colored the same as the real-world car that picks you up, and the direction the car is facing as it travels is reflected on the map.
Remember that St Patrick's Day party where you got so rekt someone — God bless their thoughtful soul — took your phone and ordered you a Lyft ride home at 5am? Of course you don't, ha! The driver? Blank space. The total you paid? Who knows. Did you puke in the car? Probably, maybe, I suppose. And where the heck did you leave that giant green leprechaun hat? And the green clover that you used to cover your, erm, private bits when you got naked and danced on the flooDAMMIT THAT HAPPENED?!
Lyft now remembers some of these things for you. It won't exactly know what crazy shenanigans you did — those will live forever on everyone's phones, social feeds, and YouTube — but it will give you a detailed history of your rides with the service.
Lyft, the pink mustachioed ride service competitor to Uber, has added a couple of sweet new features to its Android app today which should make it easier for passengers to pay their fare.
First, Lyft now supports PayPal as a means of payment. Nuff said. Second, it is now easier to add new forms of payment with a nifty tool that lets you upload additional credit cards by just snapping a photo. I tried it out, and sure enough, it worked without a hitch.
You can change your prefered payment source at any time in the payments tab. Use the widget below to cruise on over to the Play Store to download or update Lyft on your phone.
Have you ever summoned a ride on Lyft and thought, "I wish I could connect with my driver on a deeper level?" If so, get excited because Lyft Profiles is an upcoming feature to the app to allow you and your driver to get to know one another better. If that isn't such an exciting thought, well, it might not be too bad. For as questionable of an idea it may be, nobody will be forced into divulging conversation starters just to use the service.
The inspiration purportedly comes from their experience with Lyft Line, a service that is a little more like carpooling than cabbing.
Lyft, the ride-sharing service that is more than happy to have someone drive you around town, will now let you pay for said trip using Google Wallet.
The functionality is available directly inside the app, where you can simply tap Add Google Wallet to skirt around entering your credit card number manually, assuming you already have one saved to your Google account. If you've bought something from the Play Store without using a gift card, then that's more than likely a yes.
Google Wallet will show up as your default form of payment, but you can still use alternatives if you so choose.
Lyft is certainly trying to improve its service and application. With this new update to version 2.13.0, the app enhanced two of its existing options and fixed an issue that users with multiple payment methods must have faced in the past.
First, if you have several credit cards added to your account — say a business one and a personal one — or you also have coupons or Lyft for Work credit, you no longer have to make sure the right option is selected in the app's settings before paying. You can now choose the appropriate payment at the end of each ride, so there are less accidental personal billings on business accounts for example.
Lyft users have grown accustomed to seeing a pink balloon in their app drawers, but this year, that changes. The ride-sharing service has decided to kick off 2015 with a new look.
In addition to the redesigned icon, the company is replacing the fuzzy mustaches that decorate each of its cars. Now drivers will mark their vehicles with bright, magenta glowstaches. While similar in shape, these new creations will glow in the dark, making them easier to see after the sun sets.
Here, view it in motion.
There's another change that may put a smile on the face of several million potential riders: Lyft is coming to Philadelphia, bringing the number of supported markets up to 60. Residents will be able to start requesting rides the evening of Friday, January 30th.
In its latest update, Lyft has finally added the capability to split fares among passengers. This is a pretty important feature and one that puts it on par with top competitor Uber, which has had fare splitting for well over a year. For those who travel in groups, this makes Lyft a more viable option.
You're heading to work to make money, but what if you could earn a little extra on the way? That's what Lyft is promising with its latest initiative, Driver Destination.
The new service extends to drivers what Lyft Line offered passengers. It lets drivers offer rides to people who are heading in the same direction, and it pays them for the trip.
Here's how Driver Destination works. First you put your destination into the app. Lyft will then send you requests from drivers who are along your path and heading in the same direction, ideally requiring minimal detours. You can earn up to $400 a month for your efforts.
Android 5.0 is heading out to select Moto devices, Nexus owners are firing up fastboot, and the sweet smell of candy and tangibly designed interfaces are in the air. Feeling the spirit, Lyft has updated its app with a slightly more up-to-date look.
The biggest change here is the introduction of a new sidebar. It now pops out over all other UI elements.
Lyft has also removed the separator underneath the action bar and whitened things up a tad.
On a different note, Lyft is kicking off Lyft for Work, a way to cut down on the number of vehicles commuting each day with no more than a single occupant.