Uber removes Windows Phone version of its on-demand driver app

A month ago, the growing on-demand driver company called Uber launched a version of its app for Windows Phone devices. The app, which was previously launched for iOS and Android, was supposed to offer users a way to quickly order a car to come pick them up in any of the many cities that Uber services. After the actual trip reaches its conclusion, the Uber app was supposed to automatically pay the driver via a previously set credit card, with no need for a tip.

However, after the Windows Phone version was launched, users began to review the app, and they clearly didn't care for it. As WPCentral.com reports, the main problem the users had with the app was that it wasn't really an app at all but rather a wrapper that accessed the Uber website.

Now, it appears that the Uber app is no longer available to download from the Windows Phone Store. In contrast to Uber hyping up the launch of the app a month ago, the company has been quiet about the reasons why the app is no longer available. The bad reviews certainly could have contributed to its removal and we have emailed Uber to get more information, including when they plan to relaunch the app in the store.

Source: WPCentral.com | Image via WPCentral.com

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I never used it but if it was bad then they made the right move and pulled it.

Hopefully Viber, which is totally worthless and almost unusable on WP8 along with some other high profile apps will follow, or I hope Microsoft can pulled them from the Store, until these apps have at least a usable level and decent user experience.

mnl1121 said,
It just screams laziness.

well .. the basic problem is that most apps put website functionality into apps anyways.
and why did the trend of the internet go to put all app functionality in websites to bring websites platform dependend back into phones again?

The trend is due to expensive data plans, slow cellular networks, a wide range of sometimes very slow mobile hardware, and diversity in screen sizes/resolutions.

A local API which renders the UI elements minimizes most of these problems by leaving the display and layout of information to the platform. This minimizes the amount of data needed to be sent or retrived from servers. All the graphics and logic are stored and executed client side instead of on the server.

All the Apps/website can easily use the same web API for their data processing/storage backend, but there is really no excuse not to give users their phone's native UI for interacting with that backend (except being ultra cheap/lazy).