Transport on-demand service Uber started up a Play Store beta program a few weeks ago to test a big change. Today that version 3.0 redesign is live in the Play Store for everyone to enjoy. It looks like a nice visual improvement, but the changelog doesn't mention any new features in particular.
It's a great big world out there, and sometimes you need wheels to see it. Uber offers rides from friendly folks through its mobile app, and all it costs you is a bit of cash money. The Android app isn't bad, but it could use some work. Luckily, Uber is opening up an Android beta program with a completely revamped version of the app.
Uber has bothered some users by price surging during times of the year when people may be most in need of a ride, but now it's doing its part to roll numbers in the opposite direction. The company has just lowered the rates for its uberX rides by up to 34%. The percentage depends on which city you're in, with 16 of the 24 serviced cities seeing a price drop of at least around 10%.
Uber, the mobile service for hailing a cab directly from your smartphone, rolled out a new feature today that lets friends share the cost of a trip with friends. Users can now simply request a ride, select the Split Fare option, and choose a friend to split the fee with. Assuming the person wants to remain friends afterwards, all they have to do is tap the link that they received in a text message from Uber.
Use Uber? Love Google stuff? Good news – the two have become wed. Well, sort of wed. Uber just received a fairly major update that bakes a couple of significant Google services into the app: the ability to sign in/up with your Google account, and the option to pay with Google Wallet.
That's not all, either – the company will knock $10 off your fare the first time you should elect to use Wallet as your payment method.
I readily admit that I'm not exactly on board with the notion that every Android app should conform to 'holo' aesthetics, or Android's 'design guidelines.' I think that such a view is inherently limiting to the creativity of developers, and ignores the fact that while there are many objectively bad ways to do software UI/UX, there are nearly as many good ways, too. And lest we forget: even Google doesn't always get these things right.
Update 2: Llama has been returned to the Play Store this morning as promised, listed as version 1.2012.12.29.1412. As for the pesky silent mode/vibrate bug? This version's changelog indicates that it is "hopefully fixed."
Update: It looks like KebabApps has pulled Llama from the Play Store while the developer sorts out "a pain-in-the-butt problem involving silent mode," in which the app can – for some users – switch what should be silent mode to vibrate mode.
ÜberConference, simply put, is a service that makes conference calls better. It adds not only a visual element to the call, but an extra dimension of functionality, allowing users to record, mute, have private conversations with, and even research call participants, all while keeping track of various in-call statistics. After taking a look at the service, it isn't hard to see why it won TechCrunch Disrupt NYC in 2012.
Until now, the service was limited to desktop users.