Uber launches its official app for Windows Phone 8

The Windows Phone 'app-gap' may not be completely closed, but Microsoft is doing a pretty decent job of narrowing the gap, with more and more big names making their way onto the platform. The latest such addition is Uber, and it's a pretty significant one, since it's one that is frequently mentioned in discussions of 'missing apps' on Windows Phone.

If you're not familiar with Uber, it's an app that connects passengers with background-checked private drivers, and operates in over 150 cities in 41 countries around the world, including the United States, Colombia, Spain, France, India, Japan, the United Kingdom and many more. 

You can request a driver from within the app, and you can even compare rates for different vehicle types. Once you've selected your pickup point, all you need to do is wait for the car to arrive and then enjoy the journey. You can store a credit card on your account, and get a receipt emailed to you once your journey is complete. 

The app launches today for Windows Phone 8 and 8.1, and the company promises that more updates are on the way within the next month, including features such as fare quotes within the app, links to share your journey map and estimated arrival time, and the ability to split your fare with your friends. 

Uber previously offered an app for Windows Phone last year, but it was removed from the Store just a few weeks after its launch, as users were dissatisfied that it was nothing more than a web wrapper for the company's site. 

Download the app from the Windows Phone Store | screenshots via Uber

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Still a far cry from Google Play's 1.3+ million apps and iOS's 1.2+ million, not too sure I would say the gap is closing quite yet

please remember that over 30% of ios numbers are dead apps and probably another 40-50% that nobody really uses on a daily basis, I would imagine google is about the same. Its getting very old the topic you keep bringing up. I don't find any need for most of the apps on ios, having an ipad also, most of them are ###### that I would never use. The apps that I have on my wp device are of good quality and I use them daily, that's what really matters.

do you have 1.2 or 1.3 million apps installed on your device????

korupt_one said,
please remember that over 30% of ios numbers are dead apps and probably another 40-50% that nobody really uses on a daily basis, I would imagine google is about the same. Its getting very old the topic you keep bringing up. I don't find any need for most of the apps on ios, having an ipad also, most of them are ###### that I would never use. The apps that I have on my wp device are of good quality and I use them daily, that's what really matters.

do you have 1.2 or 1.3 million apps installed on your device????

The same can be said of the available apps for WP, in fact even more so, a lot of them are crap, redundant and third party. The bulk of mobile development is focused on Android and iOS...simple things like my bank for example has no app for WP but does for iOS and Android, the transit system in my city has no WP app but does for iOS and Android...just really basic yet essential apps I use on a daily basis are not available on WP. Lets not even get into gaming, Square has what 2 games on WP yet dozens on Android and iOS or Sega with 4 games on WP compared to 24 on Android/

Sonne said,

The same can be said of the available apps for WP, in fact even more so, a lot of them are crap, redundant and third party. The bulk of mobile development is focused on Android and iOS...simple things like my bank for example has no app for WP but does for iOS and Android, the transit system in my city has no WP app but does for iOS and Android...just really basic yet essential apps I use on a daily basis are not available on WP. Lets not even get into gaming, Square has what 2 games on WP yet dozens on Android and iOS or Sega with 4 games on WP compared to 24 on Android/

The point was how many of them people actually use. In my country, almost all banks have released apps for WP. Railways has better apps for both WP and Windows 8. All significant local apps are available on WP. I agree about gaming but how do you often actually download and play new games ? To be fair, WP is a good product and app gap is narrowing down, I can actually recommend WP here without thinking twice after WP 8.1 update.

Sonne said,
Still a far cry from Google Play's 1.3+ million apps and iOS's 1.2+ million, not too sure I would say the gap is closing quite yet

can we STOP with these unrealistic expectations already?

Amazon Instant Video, Starbucks, Google Maps, Youtube, SoundCloud, Tinder, DropBox, Steam, SnapChat, HBO Go....Those are some pretty major apps and they are just off the top of my head and I didn't even touch gaming.

Sonne said,
Still a far cry from Google Play's 1.3+ million apps and iOS's 1.2+ million, not too sure I would say the gap is closing quite yet

You seemed to be disturbed/angry that WP got another app?

Sonne said,
Amazon Instant Video, Starbucks, Google Maps, Youtube, SoundCloud, Tinder, DropBox, Steam, SnapChat, HBO Go....Those are some pretty major apps and they are just off the top of my head and I didn't even touch gaming.

Most of those already have apps for them though. For Youtube there's Metrotube. For SoundCloud there's AudioCloud. Rudy Huyn has you covered for Tinder, SnapChat and Dropbox. I'm not sure what you're referring to in regards to a Steam app but there are a couple that offer Steam chat. HBO has HBOGo locked down so tight I doubt you'll see one in the near future.

You're complaining there aren't any apps for WP8 but those are all viable options and in the case of Metrotube and the apps from Rudy Huyn preferable to anything that a first-party app would have to offer. Just look at Twitter and the mess they've made with their own app.

look, I like my windows phone as much as the next guy and most of the services I use have windows phone apps, but lets not get ahead of ourselves, Sonne is right, there is disparity in the app stores and as great as some of the 3rd party apps are they aren't official apps, theyre just apps created by fans, only an official app can represent the service on a platform and as of yet, windows phone doesn't have the same level of representation as iOS or Android, you have to be realistic about it.

having said that, im also optimistic about the future of windows phone and the uber app represents the increasing support to the platform

BajiRav said,

You seemed to be disturbed/angry that WP got another app?

You probably do not have the greatest grasp on English because I didn't type anything remotely indicative that I am angry or disturbed.

My grasp of English may be poor, but at least I didn't jump to the conclusion that the so called app-gap is closing when the article only mentions that it is narrowing.

I thought this one was never coming since Google has invested in the company. I think Windows Phone has matured enough with all the apps that most users need. The rare popularity varieties like SnapChat are not there yet, but who cares. As for I can see most persons around me with Android devices seem to be only on Facebook and WhatsApp and those two are already on it.

Most of the time what I see people do is text each other, chat, comment on photos and post. What more can you or do you expect to do with these social media apps? Don't tell me Android versions do Business Intelligence too.